AHPA Guidance

AHPA guidance documents

AHPA produces these guidance documents on specific topics to help the industry comply with applicable laws and regulations and institute best practices that help ensure quality and transparency.

Additional guidance is available in AHPA's Guidance Policies >>

Guidance on California Proposition 65 for herbal products

Updated August 2018, this guidance covers heavy metals, naturally occurring substances and two processed botanicals

Updated Proposition 65 guidance informs the herbal products industry about legal liabilities related to naturally occurring substances in some natural products sold in the state of California

Primer on Product Liability Insurance for the Dietary Supplement Industry

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This document was first published in September 2010 and updated in March 2018. It provides a basic understanding of products liability insurance and the processes involved in purchasing this insurance by dietary supplement companies.

Guidance on organic dietary supplements

Guidance on organic dietary supplements

Guidance on organic regulatory requirements, from farm to packaged product

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Quality Assurance International Inc. (QAI) announce the availability of an updated, free resource for the health supplement industry titled Guidance on Formulation and Marketing of Dietary Supplements Under the National Organic Program (NOP).

Guidance on test methods used to identify ethanol

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Guidance covers a number of physical, chemical, spectrometric and chromatographic methods for the identification of ethanol.

Guidance on foreign matter limits in herbal ingredients

Guidance recommends plant parts of the same herbal raw material species, other than those named in specifications, should not exceed 5% (by weight), and all other foreign matter should not exceed 2% (by weight)
Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for botanical materals

Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for botanical materals

Best practices and assessment tools help 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).

White paper: Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices

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.

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.

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 Policy prohibits the 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).
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