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Recent AHPA Advocacy

AHPA encourages FDA to allow "healthy" claims for herbs, spices and teas

Current regulation needs to be updated to be consistent with the latest nutrition research

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments yesterday encouraging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the criteria for use of the term "healthy" beyond nutrient content claims to include claims for other foods, including herbs, spices and teas, that promote "healthy eating patterns" as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

AHPA submits comments to USDA on Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order

AHPA recommends more funding for organic agricultural research

AHPA submitted comments yesterday to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in response to a January 2017 notice of proposed rulemaking that would establish an industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for certified organic products.

AHPA submits comments on coumarin to California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Coumarin is a natural constituent of some food plants

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments this week in response to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA's) request for relevant information on the carcinogenic hazards of the chemical coumarin (CAS No. 91-64-5).

AHPA endorses Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act

Legislation would help boost federal expertise on botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has formally endorsed the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (H.R. 1054) and will be advocating for the bill's passage in the U.S. Congress.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA March 2017 Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash includes an update on China publishing a list of the forms and sources of vitamins and minerals that can be used as health food raw materials and its draft health food filing guidance.

AHPA Issues Guidance on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials

AHPA members have volunteered to apply the portions of the guidance document relevant to their operations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is developing an assessment program for its recently adopted Guidance on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials.

AHPA expresses support for synthetic cannabinoids being placed into schedule I

AHPA submits comments to DEA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) expressed strong support for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) using its temporary scheduling authority to place synthetic cannabinoids into schedule I in comments submitted to the agency.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA December 2016 Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash includes an update on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on Regulatory Framework for Health Supplements deadline for implementation, which will be pushed back to March 2023.

AHPA submits comments to FDA on revised NDI draft guidance

Draft NDI guidance fails to achieve FDA's stated goals and is contrary to intent of the law

In comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) expressed concern that the latest revision of draft guidance for New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs) is unlikely to achieve FDA's stated goals and is contrary to the intent of the law in numerous areas.

AHPA submits comments to DEA on potential impacts of scheduling herbal constituents

DEA should avoid restricting research on new medical uses, health benefits, or other uses for botanicals

In comments submitted last week to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the agency to refrain from using its authority to effectively remove a plant from the existing marketplace because naturally occurring constituents become scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
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