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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

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

New safety information added to 11 botanicals

AHPA continues to expand and update the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. to provide the herbal industry with comprehensive safety information on over 500 species of herbs from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts. New safety information has been added to entries on 11 botanicals.

AHPA joins request to give small firms more time to meet new FDA food labeling rules

AHPA urges FDA to extend enforcement discretion to small firms

AHPA joined 16 other trade associations in a Aug. 21 letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request more time for small businesses to understand and comply with the Agency’s new, wide-ranging nutrition labeling regulations.

AHPA Statement on oleandrin and Nerium oleander

AHPA strongly discourages sales or marketing of dietary supplements that contain any part of the oleander plant

Over the last few days, the potential use of oleandrin for treatment of COVID-19 has received significant media attention. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) strongly discourages sales or marketing of dietary supplements that contain any part of the oleander plant (Nerium oleander) or its constituent, oleandrin. AHPA also urges physical and online retailers to refrain from offering any such products for sale, and AHPA cautions consumers to avoid oral consumption of oleander or oleandrin.

August 2020 AHPA Report

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The August 2020 AHPA Report includes: FDA announces resumption of domestic inspections; Daily consumption of certain cranberry products reduces risk of recurrent UTIs; Final guidance on BE labeling; Virtual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress on Aug. 27; and more.

Sustainability Self-Assessment Tools & Standards

Presented July 22, 2020 -- Duration: 2 hours

Webinar presenters will address different approaches to sustainability self-assessment, discuss various sustainability standards, and how to create realistic science based targets, and present examples that will help companies of all sizes plan and execute meaningful self-assessments.

AHPA online Botanical Safety Handbook updated with new information

AHPA online Botanical Safety Handbook updated with new information

Historical use as food added for plantain leaf, stinging nettle and elderberry

AHPA continues to expand and update the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. to provide the herbal industry with comprehensive safety information on over 500 species of herbs from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts.

AHPA requests USDA APHIS amend and delay Phase VI of the import declarations enforcement schedule

August 2020: “Other” essential oils should be removed from the list of products covered under Phase VI

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), AHPA requests the agency to amend Phase VI of its import declarations enforcement schedule by removing “other” essential oils from the list of products covered under this phase.
Tony Hayes, 1955-2020 -- In  Memoriam

Tony Hayes, 1955-2020 -- In Memoriam

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Tony Hayes

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Tony Hayes. Tony was a producer and marketer of North American wildcrafted herbs for almost 50 years. He began his career in 1973 as an herb buyer for Lowe Fur and Herb of North Wilkesboro, then in 1981 went to work for Wilcox Drug Company in Boone, North Carolina. In 2000 he and his wife Sandy started their own business, Ridge Runner Trading Company.

July 2020 AHPA Report

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The July  2020 AHPA Report includes AHPA goes virtual, postal service funding request, sustainability webinar on July 22, updated CA Prop 65 guidance, revised CITES primer, FTC proposed rule for 'Made in the USA,' and more.

AHPA requests adequate federal funding for USPS

July 1, 2020: AHPA members depend on the Postal Service to transport herbal products

AHPA President Michael McGuffin sent a letter to Congressional leaders in the U.S. House and Senate to request adequate federal funding be included in a fourth COVID-19 relief package to ensure the financial viability and continued operations of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
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