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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

CA Prop 65 Guidance for Hemp Products

Regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 for hemp and hemp-derived products

AHPA has published Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Hemp Products to educate the hemp industry about the regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 for hemp and hemp-derived products, including cannabidiol (CBD), sold in the State of California.
Michael McGuffin Celebrates 20 years as AHPA President

Michael McGuffin Celebrates 20 years as AHPA President

August 1, 2019: An Open Letter to the Membership

It is my heartfelt honor to address you today on the 20th anniversary of the date I began my role as President of the American Herbal Products Association. We have accomplished so much together since 1999!

AHPA urges FDA to protect consumers by quickly clarifying hemp-CBD regulations

July 2019: Existing supplement and food regulations are sufficiently robust for hemp-derived ingredients

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week to protect consumers by quickly taking specific actions to clarify the regulatory status of hemp and hemp-derived ingredients used in dietary supplements and foods that contain cannabidiol (CBD).

AHPA recommends FDA implement policies to support innovation

July 2019

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted extensive and specific policy recommendations on July 15 to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support responsible dietary supplement innovation while preserving and strengthening FDA’s ability to efficiently and effectively protect the public from unsafe and unlawful products.

Revised Hemp-CBD Status Report

July 11, 2019: How hemp and CBD companies are impacted by recent actions by the USDA and FDA

Congress passed a Farm Bill in 2018 that included historic provisions to legalize hemp, the low THC cultivars of the Cannabis sativa L. species. This landmark legislation changes how hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD) are regulated in the U.S. To help the herbal products industry understand the new regulatory landscape, AHPA has expanded this Status Report and to answer industry questions about the new legal landscape.

June 2019 AHPA Report: FDA-USDA at CBD Congress, NDI-GRAS Workshop, AHPA members and staff at USP, CFSAN, NIH and more

AHPA Members, Log in to access the AHPA Report

The June AHPA Report includes recent AHPA presentations at NIH, USP, CFSAN, plus legal and regulatory updates, recent AHPA news and advocacy and much more.

Sen. Wyden urges HHS-FDA to issue interim final rule for lawful use of CBD in food and dietary supplements

Sen. Wyden urges HHS-FDA to issue interim final rule for lawful use of CBD in food and dietary supplements

June 25, 2019: Sen. Wyden's request aligns with AHPA's hemp-CBD advocacy

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a co-author of the hemp provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill, sent letters to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless and Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging the agencies to promptly create a regulatory pathway to use cannabidiol (CBD) as a food additive and as a dietary ingredient in dietary supplements.

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presents on CA regulations that impact the supplement industry at ACI Conference

AHPA provides several resources to help navigate CA regulations

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin discussed significant California regulations that impact the dietary supplement industry at the American Conference Institute's (ACI's) seventh annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements held in New York City June 18-20.

AHPA urges USTR to exempt herbal product ingredients from proposed China tariff increases

June 2019: Herbal ingredients should be excluded from tariff increases because supplements and food play important roles in the health of U.S. consumers

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to remove herbal product ingredients from a list of Chinese goods that would be subject to a 25 percent ad valorem duty under a recent USTR proposal to increase tariffs on an estimated $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.
More than 30 AHPA members and staff participate in the 2019 Day on the Hill

More than 30 AHPA members and staff participate in the 2019 Day on the Hill

June 11, 2019: AHPA partners with CRN, CHPA and UNPA to produce this unique advocacy opportunity

More than 30 AHPA member company executives—including company presidents, regulatory experts, and government relations executives—with a vested interest in legislative activity in Congress—flew in from across the nation, for a full day of networking and discussions with members of Congress and their staff. 

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