The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is pleased to welcome Jane Wilson as the organization's director of program development.
In her new role, Wilson will work with the AHPA management team to develop, implement, and manage AHPA programs and services and perform outreach activities in support of the AHPA membership and other herbal products industry organizational collaborators.
Wilson has more than 20 years of experience in the protection of public health and the environment. Most recently, she served as a the director of standards for NSF International, a global, private-sector, public-health organization involved in the development of consensus product standards, independent conformity assessment programs, independent auditing and testing, and education and training services for the food, water, health sciences, and sustainability sectors.
"I am pleased to welcome Jane into the AHPA community," said Michael McGuffin, AHPA president. "She brings many years of relevant experience to her new position developing collaborative relationships with representatives of industry, trade associations, public health officials, regulatory bodies, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders. She is a strategic addition to the AHPA staff, especially with its continuing focus on product quality and botanical identification issues."
As director of standards, Wilson oversaw all of NSF's standards development and maintenance activities, including NSF/ANSI 173 Dietary Supplements, NSF/ANSI 305 Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients, and NSF 341 Good Manufacturing Practices for Pharmaceutical Excipients.
Wilson also served as the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) for ISO Technical Committee 249 Traditional Chinese Medicine (provisional). She worked closely with the US TAG chair, AHPA's McGuffin, to coordinate the U.S. input into the development of international standards related to the raw materials, finished products, medical devices, and informatics systems that underpin traditional Chinese medicine systems.
"I am delighted to have a chance to apply my public health background to benefit the herbal products industry," said Wilson. "I look forward to working with the members, the staff, and the board of trustees to expand AHPA's programming and outreach activities."
Wilson has served on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Executive Standards Council, the Advisory Board of the Michigan State University, Center for the Study of Standards in Society (CS3), and the Consensus Standards Development Executive Committee of The NELAC Institute (TNI). She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Toxicology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology, both earned at the University of Michigan.