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Our Mission

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible and sustainable commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers have informed access to a wide variety of safe herbal goods. AHPA’s Vision is for high quality herbal products to be readily accessible to and broadly used by consumers.

Our Expertise

AHPA has particular expertise on the history, science, and regulation of botanicals while its work also has significant influence on non-herbal dietary supplements. Similarly, AHPA expends its resources on issues in the U.S. marketplace and in the international arena, wherever member interests are served.

Our Members

AHPA is comprised of more than 350 domestic and international companies conducting business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products. AHPA members’ herbal products are in tea, beverage, dietary supplement, sports nutrition, personal care, pet and other product categories. AHPA membership also includes individuals, companies and organizations who serve the industry, including consultants, attorneys, media, researchers, educators, and medical professionals.

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AHPA Press Releases and Updates for the Media

August 2021 AHPA Report

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The August 2021 AHPA Report includes: AHPA Webinar: AHPA Hemp Lexicon Supports Standardized Terminology; AHPA Board of Trustees approves two new guidance resources for the hemp industry; AHPA introduces new entry for rooibos to the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed.; USDA APHIS to delay Lacey Act Phase VI enforcement; and more!

Guidance on allergens in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Free guidance for AHPA members

AHPA has published a revised version of the guidance document titled “Compliance with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) for Marketers of Chinese Herbal Products” to include the requirements of the recently adopted Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021 (FASTER Act), which adds sesame to the list of major food allergens that require labeling in the United States. The new requirements in the FASTER Act amend the definition of “major food allergen” in FALCPA and take effect on January 1, 2023.

July 2021 AHPA Report

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The July 2021 AHPA Report includes:AHPA Webinar: Product Safety Surveillance with webPOISONCONTROL®; AHPA Board announces new Trustee; AHPA Botanical Congress now available on-demand; AHPA Guidance: Federal labeling requirements for herbal dietary supplements; and more!

June 2021 AHPA Report

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The June 2021 AHPA Report includes: AHPA has released updates to the Botanical Safety Handbook; AHPA updates GACP-GMP guidance; AHPA updates Primer on CITES; and more!

AHPA Releases Five Updated Entries to Botanical Safety Handbook Ahead of AHPA Botanical Congress

Limited-Time, Value-Added Promotion Includes Access to the Botanical Safety Handbook and the Botanical Congress

Silver Spring, MD, May 13, 2021 -- The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the national trade association and voice of the herbal industry, today announced five updated entries have been posted to the online reference source, the AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed.

May 2021 AHPA Report

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The May 2021 AHPA Report includes: AHPA hires Glenn Christenson as Director of Communications & Marketing, AHPA Hemp Lexicon, AHPA 9th Botanical Congress; and more!; and more!

Leading Dietary Supplement Trade Organizations Commemorate 100th Meeting of the Dietary Supplement Trade Associations

Joint initiatives protect public health, foster strong relationships with FDA, and advocate for meaningful legislation

WASHINGTON—Four of the leading trade organizations representing the dietary supplement industry today commemorate the 100th meeting of the Dietary Supplement Trade Associations (DSTA). More than ten years ago, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) began holding monthly DSTA meetings to discuss ongoing industry challenges, initiatives and opportunities.

April 2021 AHPA Report

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The April 2021 AHPA Report includes: AHPA Welcomes New Board Trustees & Officers; The 2011 – 2017 Tonnage survey of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants has been released; AHPA 9th Botanical Congress; AHPA Board of Trustees takes action during March 2021 Meetings; AHPA Annual Member Meeting review; and more!

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!

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