Our lab director, Haley Poole, recently returned from a two-day workshop put on by The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP).
She came back with a pressed plant and a notebook full of information we can now use in our lab here at CPBE!
The workshop, “Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for CGMP* Compliance,” took place at Portland State University and provided a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic (sensory) identification methods; quality assessment techniques and terminology; and demonstration of how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner.
The AHPA is a national trade organization that promotes the responsible commerce of herbal and botanical products to ensure consumers have informed access to a wide variety of high-quality supplements, foods, beverages and personal care products.
The AHP is a non-profit California-based organization that publishes the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium. Their mission is to produce 300 monographs (27 produced so far) concerning the use and manufacture of botanical medicines. This includes plants used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
Check out these two great organizations to learn more about the work they are doing.
*CGMP refers to “Current Good Manufacturing Practice” regulations enforced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).