About CHPA

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When it comes to choosing the personal healthcare products consumers put on their skin, into their eyes, or inside their bodies every day, the most important factor is trust. Consumers need to know these products are safe. And that they work.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the leading voice fighting to ensure that Americans have access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices they can count on to be reliable, save money and time, and deliver new and better ways to get and stay healthy.  

That means CHPA is also the home for responsible consumer healthcare companies. We understand how to help our members — from industry leaders to ambitious newcomers — meet evolving consumer demand for more products without sacrificing safety and quality. And in a market as dynamic as ours, that’s never been more challenging or important.  

Whether we are helping regulators interpret cutting-edge science, partnering with lawmakers to craft sensible policy, or educating consumers to safely choose and use personal healthcare products, we are driven by a single goal: helping people pursue happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care. 

Vision
Happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care 

Mission
Empower self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products 

Workplace Values
Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork, Empowerment, and Development 

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Our History

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Pamphlets from 1881
1881
Our Founding
CHPA was originally founded as The Proprietary Association in 1881.
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Pamphlets from 1989
1989
PA to NDMA
The Proprietary Association changes its name to the Nonprescription Drug Manufacturer's Association (NDMA)
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Documents from 1998
1998
Expanding Our Reach
NDMA expands its representation to include the dietary supplement industry.
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Annual Report and press release
1999
A New Day
NDMA changes its name to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA).
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Foundation pamphlets
2004
An Eye on Consumer Health
CHPA establishes its nonprofit educational foundation, the CHPA Educational Foundation (CHPAEF).
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screenshot of old otcsafety.org website
2007
New Initiatives
CHPA introduces OTCsafety.org as the new home for its consumer education initiatives.
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Pamphlet from 2009
2009
StopMedicineAbuse.org
CHPA launches the StopMedicineAbuse.org campaign to fight teen cough medicine abuse.
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Up and Away Logo and Know Your Dose materials
2011
Collaborations for OTC Safety
CHPA launches UpandAway.org in partnership with the CDC, and KnowYourDose.org in partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition.
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New KYOTCs branding graphic
2015
A New Look for CHPAEF
CHPA Educational Foundation rebrands its organizational website to KnowYourOTCs.org.
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Timeline 2020 banner
2020
Looking to the Future
CHPA broadens its program of work on dietary supplements and formally expands scope to include consumer medical devices (CMDs).