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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.

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.

AHPA Spring 2021 Meeting and Event Schedule

March 2 - 12 via teleconference and webinar

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Board of Trustees Candidates

February 8, 2021: Video Statements

Bipartisan Legislation to Regulate Hemp-Derived CBD Re-introduced in Congress

February 5, 2021: Bill directs FDA to use its authority and resources to set a clear regulatory framework for hemp and hemp derived CBD

On February 4, 2021 Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) re-introduced bipartisan legislation that would protect public health by providing legal clarity in the cannabidiol (CBD) product marketplace. Re-introduced in the 117th Congress as HR 841, the Hemp and Hemp-derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2021 directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its authority and resources to set a clear regulatory framework for hemp and hemp-derived CBD and assure consumer protection.

February 2021 AHPA Report

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The February 2021 AHPA Report includes: AHPA expands COVID Web Center; AHPA Annual Member Meeting; AHPA is hiring: Manager of Communications & Marketing; The US regulatory and legislative landscape in 2021 and beyond; and more!

AHPA seeks reforms to FDA’s Produce Safety Rule

January 14, 2021: Proposed changes would expand list of crops exempt from Produce Safety Rule, narrow produce definition

In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last Friday, AHPA has requested structural revisions to a list of crops that the agency has determined are “rarely consumed raw” (the RCR list). Foods on the RCR list are exempted from the provisions of the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption regulation, commonly known as the Produce Safety Rule.

AHPA expands COVID Web Center with vaccine distribution resources

January 6, 2021: Updates reflect industry need for advance vaccine planning

AHPA has expanded the resources available on its COVID-19 Web Center to help the herbal products industry prepare for vaccine distribution efforts. Vaccine distribution is already ongoing, and important allocation decisions may need to be made with very little advance notice. AHPA encourages members of the herbal products industry to study state vaccine distribution policies, identify public health contacts, and plan for these moments before they occur.

Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC) highlights importance of proactive health maintenance

December 15, 2020: Event educated congressional staffers of importance of nutrition to support immune system

Washington, D.C., December 15, 2020—Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., recently educated congressional staffers on the responsible role of dietary supplements in supporting immune health, as well as their many other health and wellness benefits, particularly in the era of COVID-19. Dr. Low Dog was featured at the final Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC) briefing of 2020, held last week. An expert in integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health, Dr. Low Dog shared insights on the importance of proactive health maintenance, including addressing nutrient deficiencies that increase risk of infection and disease.

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