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AHPA attends Cosmetic Ingredient Review meeting finalizing coconut and papaya derived cosmetic ingredient safety reports

March 2021: Meeting also included discussions on red algae, tea tree, and sage derived ingredients

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Chief Information Analyst Merle Zimmermann, Ph.D. attended the 157th Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel Meeting for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety held virtually from Washington, D.C., March 11-12, 2021. The meeting included discussions of five CIR safety reports being developed on herbal cosmetic ingredients derived from coconut, papaya, red algae, tea tree, and sage. In addition, a literature review on Rosa damascena derived ingredients was presented.

2011 - 2017 Tonnage Survey of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants

March 2021: AHPA Members log-in to download this free document

In the current report, AHPA developed, conducted, and tabulated the results of two individual surveys designed to quantify the annual harvest of 41 botanical commodities for harvests conducted from 2011 through 2013, and 45 botanical commodities for harvests conducted from 2014 through 2017.

AHPA Welcomes New Board Trustees and Officers

March 22, 2021

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) completed the election for vacancies on its Board of Trustees at the association’s Annual Member Meeting on March 9, 2021.

2021 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

2021 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

Dr. Rob Wildman, SafetyCall International, Herbalife Nutrition, Naturade, Indena S.p.A., and Tony Hayes (posthumously), awarded for outstanding contributions

Established in 2006, the annual AHPA Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that help further AHPA's goal of promoting the responsible commerce of herbs and herbal products.

2021 AHPA Award Winners

  • AHPA Herbal Hero Award: Dr. Rob Wildman, Demeter Consulting
  • AHPA Herbal Industry Leadership Award: Herbalife Nutrition
  • AHPA Herbal Insight Award: Safety Call
  • AHPA Diversity & Inclusion Award: Naturade
  • AHPA Herbal Centennial Award: Indena
  • AHPA Herbal Pioneer Award: Tony Hayes

March 2021 AHPA Report

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The March 2021 AHPA Report includes: AHPA Spring 2021 Meeting & Event Schedule; FDA Guidance Webinar; AHPA continues engagement with NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH); and more!

AHPA submits comments to FDA proposed rule on traceability for “certain foods”

March 1, 2021: Association requests appropriate scope for “herbs” listing, consideration of a supplemental proposed rule

In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, AHPA has requested significant revisions and clarifications to a proposed rule that would establish new, additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for categories of foods on a newly published “Food Traceability List.” (FTL)

AHPA Seeks Manager/Senior Manager of Communications & Marketing

February 25, 2021: We want you to help our communications efforts grow and for you to grow with us.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with a combination of public relations/publicity and (some) marketing skills who will thrive by expanding the association’s proactive communications activities.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

February 2021 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:  China - Coenzyme Q10, reishi shell-broken spore powder, spirulina, fish oil and melatonin are now officially considered as functional ingredients; European Union – After a recent court case, the Commission now considers that cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp is not a drug and can be eligible for use in food and food supplements; France has extended its ban on titanium dioxide (TiO2) in foods and supplements for another year pending a scientific opinion for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); Germany has published an updated Stoffliste, with the addition of over 100 monographs and over 250 plants; United Kingdom – Post-Brexit regulations for foods and supplements have not changed substantially; Argentina has updated the portion of the Argentine Food Code that defines dietary supplements. Primary changes are adjustments to minimum and maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, establishment of limits for amino acids and nitrogenous substances, and a reduction in the permitted botanical species; Nicaragua and Uzbekistan have introduced initial regulations for dietary supplement products.

AHPA continues engagement with NIH's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

February 12, 2021: NCCIH Advisory Council welcomes public comments on Strategic Plan (2021-2025)

The National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) ( is welcoming public feedback for their fifth draft Strategic Plan covering 2021 to 2025 ( The plan identifies research efforts and priorities through this period. AHPA staff remained engaged through the development of the new Plan and regularly attend meetings of the NCCIH Advisory Council's public sessions.

Board of Trustees Candidates

February 8, 2021: Video Statements

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