The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) represents the common interests of hemp farmers, producers and traders working with hemp fibres, shives, seeds, leaves and cannabinoids. Our main task is to serve, protect and represent the hemp sector in the EU and international policy-making.
EIHA covers different areas for the application of hemp, namely its use for construction materials, textiles, cosmetics, feed, food and supplements.
EIHA Board Members
EIHA is run by a Board of 7 people, equally distributed between farmers, producers and processors. Following consultation with our members, the Board acts on their behalf.
Boris Banas, Rachele Invernizzi, Mark Reinders (President), Lorenza Romanese (MD), Daniel Kruse, Catherine Wilson, Bernd Frank (Treasurer)
The EIHA Secretariat is based in Brussels, the capital of European decision-making. The Secretariat team is composed by:
Lorenza Romanese, EIHA Managing Director. Lorenza deals with the upper part of the plant (seeds, leaves and flower). She is in charge of the policy dossiers THC in food and feed, Novel Food, Cosmetics (CosIng).
Francesco Mirizzi, EIHA Senior Policy Advisor. Francesco is the responsible for the lower part of the plant (shives and fibres). He leads the agriculture, environment and manufactured goods dossiers.
Victoria Troyano, Executive Assistant and Communications Officer. Victoria works as Lorenza’s personal assistant and she is also in charge of the membership management. In terms of communications, Victoria manages EIHA’s social media and press relations.
EIHA Advisory Board
EIHA is fully supported by an Advisory Committee composed of experts and specialists. Their role is to provide insights, guidance and documentation on technical and regulatory developments relating to the hemp plant and products derived from it.
The annual EIHA conference is internationally recognised as Europe’s key hemp event. It is an exceptional opportunity for members and visitors to be informed of the latest developments on markets, legislation and technology. In addition, it provides a unique platform to meet and discuss ideas, opportunities and potential collaborations. The event is held in the first week of June in Cologne, Germany.