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Trade Organizations

Manufacturers, distributors, practitioners and others interested in how dietary supplements are produced, distributed and used will find organizations whose Websites are listed here of special interest. Many of the listed groups are actively engaged in developing and promoting quality standards for dietary supplements and represent broad, influential constituencies.

American Botanical Council (ABC)

The American Botanical Council (ABC) educates the public about beneficial herbs and plants, and promotes the safe and effective use of medicinal plants. ABC disseminates scientific information on herbs and herbal research; contributes information to professional and scientific literature; and provides original research and reprints of plant-related articles, audio/video tapes, books and other educational materials.

PO Box 144345
Austin TX 78714-4345

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP)

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia™ disseminates authoritative information on the safety and effective use of herbal supplements and botanical medicines. In 1994, AHP began developing monographs on botanicals. When all 300 are completed, this will represent the most comprehensive and critically reviewed body of information on herbal medicines in the English language, and will serve as a primary reference for academicians, health care providers, manufacturers, and regulators.

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

The American Herbal Products Association serve its members by promoting the responsible commerce of products which contain herbs and which are used to enhance health and quality of life.

American Herbalists Guild (AHG)

The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and interests of herbalists. It is the only peer-review organization for professional herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. AHG membership consists of professionals, general members (including students) and benefactors.

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)

Formerly the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association, which has represented U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines since 1881, NDMA has now expanded to include the makers and suppliers of all dietary supplements as well. From its website: "In addition to conferences and seminars and its work in science and technology, legal and legislative affairs and public affairs, NDMA is also responsible for the development and adoption of voluntary industry codes and guidelines. Established by NDMA independently of outside regulation, these guidelines demonstrate the industry's commitment to promote and protect the public interest."

Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is a trade association representing more than 80 companies in the nutritional supplements, ingredients and other nutritional supplements industry. CRN members are dedicated to enhancing the public's health through improved nutrition, including the appropriate use of nutritional supplements.

Newsletter available at web site: CRN News

Herb Research Foundation (HRF)

The Herb Research Foundation (HRF) is a nonprofit research and educational organization focusing on herbs and medicinal plants.  The HRF conducts custom research proving the safety and health benefits of herb; conducts projects on environmental conservation of endangered herbs; and educates the press, public, scientists, doctors, legislators and the herb industry about all aspects of botanicals.  The HRF publishes HerbalGram jointly with the American Botanical Council, and has a specialty library with more than 200,000 articles on file about herbs.  The HRF website also contains "greenpapers" with information on astragalus, echinacea, ephedra, and zinc.

Institute for Nutraceutical Advancement (INA)

This consortium develops standardized test methods for dietary supplements. Under its Methods Validation Program, methods have been published for several materials and more are under development. Details are available on the website.

Natural Products Association (NPA, formerly NNFA)

The National Products Association began as the National Nutritional Foods Association, founded in 1936. It represents the interests of some 3,000 retailers and 1,000 manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of health foods, dietary supplements, natural ingredient cosmetics and other natural products. NPA promotes and protects the unique values and shared interests of retailers and suppliers in the natural nutritional foods and products industry. NPA unites a diverse membership, from the smallest health food store to the largest natural products supplier. We champion consumers' freedom of choice in our marketplace. We act together with uncompromising integrity, and we encourage all to reach ever higher standards of quality.

The NPA has been very active in the industry's development of quality standards.

Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association (NDMA)


NSF International

NSF International is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization doing standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. In 2000, NSF began developing a national quality-certification program for dietary supplements, which has now become a national standard (NSF/ANSI Standard 173). Certification through NSF allows the use of its quality seal on product labels. The program includes both product testing and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspections. NSF International was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI USA.

Utah Natural Products Alliance (UNPA)

To the best of our knowledge, this organization does not have a website.

Utah Natural Products Alliance
1075 Hollywood Avenue
Salt Lake City UT 84105



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