By Sam Sabzehzar  |  November 18, 2012

Michael McGuffin is a leading expert on dietary supplement regulation and has served as the President of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) since 1999

On Tuesday evening, October 16th, Americans for Safe Access celebrated our 10th anniversary – and patients’ day in court – with an awards dinner honoring the brave warriors for medical cannabis access who have fought for all patients.

ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer introduced the courageous champions, saying ”…Michael McGuffin, who is accepting the Patient Partnership Award on behalf of the American Herbal Products Association, has been instrumental in cultivating exciting new partnerships which I truly believe are the future of the medical cannabis movement.”

Patient Partnership Award: Michael McGuffin is a leading expert on dietary supplement regulation. He has been published in scholarly and scientific journals, including the Food and Drug Law Journal and Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and also wrote the highly-lauded publication AHPA’s Annotated Final Rule on Dietary Supplement cGMP (2007).

Additionally, Mr. McGuffin served as Managing Editor of AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook (1997) and Herbs of Commerce, 2nd edition (2000). He speaks frequently on dietary supplement regulation in the U.S. and abroad. Michael McGuffin was honored in 2010 for over 20 years of dedicated service, having served as the President of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) since 1999 and a member of the Board of Trustee’s for 10 years prior. Mr. McGuffin has represented the herbal industry at state and federal hearings on herbal regulatory issues.

He has served as a member of the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee Working Group on Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements (1998-99), the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee’s Dietary Supplements Subcommittee (2003-5) and currently serves on California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Analysis Food Warning Workgroup and the Advisory Board of the USC School of Pharmacy Regulatory Science Master’s Degree Program. He also serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and United Plant Savers.