Silver Spring, MD, April 4, 2008 —The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers Association (ADMA) have announced the establishment of a formal agreement of cooperation. AHPA represents the herbal industry in the United States, while ADMA serves the same function for the Ayurvedic trade in India. The two organizations share a mutual interest in promoting and protecting commerce in products that are based on traditional Ayurvedic formulations and ingredients.
“The herbal products industry is multi-faceted, sophisticated and complex,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “The laws and markets for Ayurvedic products are constantly evolving in many countries and partnering with international allies to share information and expertise will benefit members of both organizations.”
“We look forward to an era of co-operation and communication in mutual interest,” said Ranjit Puranik, the ADMA General Secretary. “It is time to build closer relationships among the many organizations that share an interest in Ayurvedic herbal products.”
Under the new agreement, each association will keep the other informed of relevant information that may effect the functioning of the herbal Ayurvedic industry. The organizations will also share ideas about self-regulatory policies as they are brought up for consideration and also suggestions submitted to government regulatory agencies.
AHPA and ADMA celebrate this relationship established in the interest of promoting and protecting the trade of products rooted in the Ayurvedic tradition.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.