AHPA Guidance

Good Agricultural, Collection and Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials: Guidance and Assessment Tools

Agricultural, collection and manufacturing practices have wide-ranging impacts on product quality, native and regional communities, and the environment. This GACP-GMP guidance and assessment tools serve as templates that growers, harvesters, and processors can adapt to their operations to help the industry ensure that herbal raw materials used in consumer products are accurately identified, not adulterated with contaminants that may present a public health risk, and fully conform to all quality characteristics for which they are represented.

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The guidance is not a list of required prescriptions but rather a menu of options. Users are encouraged to identify and implement only those sections of the document that are relevant to their operations. Please carefully review relevant provisions in light of your company's circumstances and needs and implement whichever recommendations are useful and practical for your situation.

This guidance document is intended to complement the empirical knowledge that has been passed down from preceding generations involved in the cultivation, wild collection, and processing of useful plants. The industry is encouraged to give due consideration to long-established practices in growing, harvesting and processing herbs.

GACP-GMP Assessment Tools

AHPA Launches GACP-GMP Assessment Program

AHPA Launches GACP-GMP Assessment Program

Free resources help industry ensure quality of botanicals at every step of the supply chain

AHPA has developed a set of free assessment tools to help the herbal products industry evaluate and document policies and procedures that ensure high quality herbs and herbal ingredients throughout the supply chain. The assessment tools are designed to be used with AHPA's recently released Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials (GACP-GMP).

AHPA issues Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices white paper

Best practices for compounding and dispensing herbal formulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has issued a white paper to guide qualified practitioners who compound herbal formulations for clients based on one-on-one consultations.

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 adopts labeling guidance for fungi products

Guidance becomes effective March 9, 2019

The Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) at its March 9, 2017 meeting authorized issuance of guidance for labeling products that contain fungi ingredients.

AHPA issues slack-fill guidance

Guidance helps companies inform consumers and comply with federal regulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published slack-fill guidance to help the regulated supplement industry inform consumers and comply with all relevant federal requirements.

AHPA Prop 65 Guidance for Naturally Occurring Botanical Constituents, Goldenseal Root Powder and Aloe vera, Non-Decolorized Whole Leaf Extract

Guidance includes exemptions that may apply

AHPA issued guidance to help members understand and comply with California Proposition 65 requirements when selling products that contain goldenseal root powder, Aloe vera (non-decolorized whole leaf extract), or the naturally occurring botanical constituents pulegone and β-Myrcene.

AHPA Adopts Policy Against Sale of Bulk Caffeine

Recent reports associate serious injury and death with use of pure caffeine purchased by consumers in bulk packaging.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees on March 4 established a trade requirement that prohibits sale by AHPA members of pure caffeine in bulk form at retail (to consumers).

AHPA issues cannabis oversight recommendations for regulators

Oversight framework promotes best practices for cannabis production and distribution from seed to consumption

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published recommendations for regulators to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species.

AHPA Guidance Policies

AHPA Guidance Policies

AHPA Guidance Policies

Free primer on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

AHPA will continue to work with the CITES Plants Committee and the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service to promote sustainable harvest

Primer helps members and the herbal products industry understand the processes and practices that must be followed to comply with CITES requirements when importing and exporting species listed on CITES appendices

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