Traditional (Herbal) Medicine Guidelines Proposed

The American Herbal Products Association, in conjunction with about a dozen other CAM organiations in a "Traditional Medicines Congress,"
is proposing new herbal and dietary supplement regulation.

Entitled, "A Proposed Regulatory Model for Traditional Medicines: Guiding Assumptions and Key Components," the document "presents ideas for a new model for the regulation of traditional medicines in the United States, and will now be subject to an open review process by interested individuals and organizations." This document is posted online at

The deadline for comments is June 30, 2006.

The Traditional Medicines Congress is comprised of these organizations:

* Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (AOMA);
* American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP);
* American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM);
* American Herbalist Guild (AHG);
* American Herbal Products Association (AHPA);
* Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM);
* Medicinal Herb Consortium (MHC);
* National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA); and
* National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted solely to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade -- comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products -- AHPA's 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 herbs are manufactured, labeled, and sold.