AHPA’s virtual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress offered critical updates of growing industry

The American Herbal Products Association received praise for its second annual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, held virtually last week.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) received praise for its second annual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, held virtually last week. It provided information and networking opportunities for attendees, including more than 20 industry expert speakers, officials from FTC and USDA, and more. 

"Since we are all learning a new way of communicating, I think AHPA did a fantastic job," said David Garner, CEO, Molecular Health Technologies, in a press release. "The program was interesting and the speakers, with Senator Wyden leading the pack, were engaging.”

Experts covered a wide range of issues impacting the industry, including marketing and regulatory developments, and manufacturing and agricultural concerns. Attendees were able to interact with industry experts, industry-leading companies, service providers, and other attendees.

“I especially appreciated Senator Wyden’s description of FDA’s current position as an ‘outdated rule,’ his emphasis on the need for this agency to revise its rule to create a clear and lawful pathway for marketing of hemp and CBD in supplements and in foods, and his clarity that he is standing by if legislation is needed to break the regulatory logjam,” said Michael McGuffin, president of AHPA, in a press release.

Asa Waldstein, senior vice president of Functional Remedies and AHPA Cannabis Committee chair, said in a press release: “It is difficult to find all this information in one place and this event was a one-stop shop for those looking to access current financial, market analytics, agricultural practices, USDA updates, state and federal regulatory information, and FTC oriented marketing.”

AHPA’s next interactive virtual event is the inaugural Sports Nutrition Congress on Oct. 21, 2020 which will feature industry and sports-nutrition experts covering key issues in this specialized and growing market segment.