The American Herbal Products Association announced today that its 2020 meetings will be conducted as virtual events, webinars or teleconferences instead of in person.
Three events are affected by this change: the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress on Aug. 27; the inaugural Sports Nutrition Congress on Sept. 2; and the annual Botanical Congress on Nov. 10.
In addition, meetings of the AHPA Board of Trustees and numerous committees that usually occur at Supply Side West will be rescheduled as teleconferences.
"Our decision to 'go virtual' for the rest of 2020 prioritizes the health and safety of the AHPA staff and our member companies and industry colleagues," the organization said in an email. "This decision also reflects our understanding that late postponements and rescheduling of in-person events can be disruptive to your work. We will now be able to finalize dates and plans with certainty, which will allow you to do the same."
Each event will be professionally produced on an interactive virtual platform to provide substantive content, dynamic speakers and optimized opportunities for one-on-one interactions.
AHPA will also continue to conduct educational webinars exploring issues most relevant to members' businesses. The association will provide updates as plans are finalized.
"Even as we make this change in organizing our events, I want to assure you that AHPA's commitment to its mission of promoting responsible commerce of herbal products remains unchanged during these times," AHPA President Michael McGuffin said in the email. "We will seek your feedback as we re-evaluate our options for 2021."
Source: American Herbal Products Association