MILWAUKIE, Ore., Apr. 10, 2017 — The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists’ (AAHP) Legal & Regulatory Committee recently received the 2017 Henry N. Williams Professional Service Award from the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH). Presented on April 1 during the 2017 Joint American Homeopathic Conference, the award honors the committee’s efforts in working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on behalf of homeopathy and the homeopathic community.
Formed in 1994 to spearhead the association’s activities and initiatives involving the Federal government, AAHP’s Legal & Regulatory committee works to develop and coordinate strategies to improve the legal framework for the homeopathic industry. A Congressional advocacy component was added to the committee’s mission in 2010. Most recently, the committee coordinated the industry’s response to both FDA and FTC calls for workshops on homeopathic drug products; engaged a specialist to present information about the effect of California’s Prop 65 on the marketing of homeopathic medicines in that state; and submitted press releases to industry trade publications to share the positive stories of homeopathic medicines. Committee members also spend significant time educating key legislators and influencers in Washington D.C.
Recognizing the committee’s contribution to homeopathy, the Henry N. Williams Professional Service Award honors homeopathic professionals who have demonstrated service, leadership, and dedication to the homeopathic community. The award was established in 1999 by the National Center for Homeopathy, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health through homeopathy. Henry “Hal” Williams was one of the incorporators of the National Center for Homeopathy in 1974 as well as the Dean of the Center’s educational program from 1980 until 1986.
“We would like to thank the National Center for Homeopathy and its Board for selecting our committee to receive the 2017 Henry N. Williams Professional Service Award,” said Mark Land, AAHP president. “Because we all share the common goal of ensuring that consumers have access to safe and effective homeopathic medicines, we feel fortunate to be doing this important work in and for this community.”
The award was presented during the 2017 Joint American Homeopathic Conference, hosted by NCH and in conjunction with the American Institute of Homeopathy. The largest gathering of the homeopathic community in the U.S., the conference also featured sessions on the modern scientific underpinnings of homeopathy, public health as it relates to homeopathy, marketing for homeopathic professionals, as well as an exclusive screening of Just One Drop, a much-awaited documentary that explores the controversy and dispels myths and misconceptions about homeopathy.
Founded in 1923, the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) is the leading industry association for the manufacturers, distributors and marketers of homeopathic drugs. AAHP promotes excellence in the practice of homeopathic pharmacy, manufacturing, marketing and distribution by supporting the requirements, criteria and published guidelines in the HPUS, relevant Federal statutes, as well as other industry regulations/compendia—all to help members provide safe, effective homeopathic medicines to consumers, retailers and healthcare practitioners.