The GA's endorsement of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program follows a similar endorsement by the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) last year. ASP is North America's
largest professional organization of researchers in the field of medicinal plants and drugs of natural origin.
"The endorsement of our Program by both the GA and the ASP signifies not only the global nature of the problem of adulteration in the botanical supply chain, but also represents the concerns of many leading medicinal plant research experts regarding this significant problem, and their confidence in and cooperation with the educational work we are doing," said ABC's Blumenthal.
According to AHP Executive Director Roy Upton
, "It is exciting to receive an endorsement from GA. GA is the most prestigious organization in the European Union regarding medicinal plant research. It is heartening to see them take an active interest in our efforts to create the same solid foundation they have for quality herbal medicinal and health products."
"The endorsement by the GA certainly shows the importance of the Botanical Adulteration Program and the positive impact it is already having on the quality and safety of botanicals in the international arena," said Ikhlas Khan
, Ph.D., research professor of pharmacognosy and assistant director of NCNPR. Prof. Khan's group is a US Food and Drug Administration Center of Excellence, charged with analyzing botanical ingredients and dietary supplement products, as well as training FDA field inspectors who routinely inspect herb and dietary supplement manufacturers to ensure compliance with federally mandated good manufacturing practices.
To date, the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program has published five extensively peer-reviewed and referenced articles on the history of adulteration, the ad
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