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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) (https://www.nccih.nih.gov/about) is welcoming public feedback for their fifth draft Strategic Plan covering 2021 to 2025 (https://www.nccih.nih.gov/nccih-strategic-plan-2021-2025#). 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.