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America's Largest Professional Society of Medicinal Plant Research Experts Endorses Botanical Adulteration Education Program

American Society of Pharmacognosy Lends Support to
ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program

(AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 3, 2013) The American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) has announced its endorsement of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program. This is an educational program designed to increase the herb, dietary supplements, and natural products industries’ awareness of the need for enhanced scrutiny via laboratory analysis of herbal raw materials, extracts, and essential oils that may be accidentally or purposefully adulterated with lower-cost, non-disclosed ingredients. The Program is headed by three nonprofit groups focused on research and education on medical herbs and other beneficial plants: the American Botanical Council (ABC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi.

ASP is North America's leading organization of scientists involved with research on medicinal plants, fungi, marine organisms, and other natural materials used in the production of new medicines, comprising the essence of the science of pharmacognosy. Founded in 1959, ASP consists of more than 1,100 pharmacognosists, natural products chemists, botanists, molecular biologists, and other medicinal plant research experts from around the world.

Bradley Moore, PhD, president of ASP and a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego, wrote in a letter to American Botanical Council Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal,

ASP is making this endorsement in recognition of the laudable goals and purpose of the Program that has helped increase the quantity and quality of scientific information on the relatively widespread problem of adulteration of botanical raw materials, botanical extracts, essential oils, and other plant-derived materials, which are used in dietary supplements and possibly in therapeutic products like non-prescription medicines.

As a Society, we recognize the paramount importance of the proper identification and authentication of medicinal materials and that they be adulterant free. Such materials are regularly used for research purposes and as ingredients in consumer-based products that promote health and remedy disease.

We further recognize that the history of pharmacy and pharmacognosy acknowledges many cases in which natural products used for medicinal purposes have been adulterated, either by accident due to inadequate quality control measures, or intentionally by fraudulent sellers. Such practices are contrary to the goals of responsible pharmacy, medicine, and public health education practices.

Guido Pauli, PhD, associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and treasurer of ASP, wrote, "Botanical adulteration is one of the reasons why botanical research can sometimes be difficult to be reproduced. The [ABC-AHP-NCNPR] Program will raise awareness of the topic, and many global experts in this area are ASP colleagues, so it is only logical for our Society to endorse this welcome effort."

ASP joins over 100 nonprofit organizations, independent laboratories, industry members, trade associations, and others that are financially underwriting and/or endorsing the Botanical Adulterants Program. These groups are located in the United States and abroad, reflecting the global nature of the botanical material supply chain.

“Those of us working on the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program are especially honored by ASP’s recognition of the value and significance of our work in this vitally important area,” said Blumenthal. “We hope to continue to merit the trust and confidence that ASP has placed in the Program as we continue to publish extensively peer-reviewed articles and laboratory guidance documents to help members of the industry deal with this serious problem.”

According to AHP Executive Director Roy Upton, "It is wonderful to have the endorsement of ASP, as it was yesteryear's classical pharmacognosists who were primarily responsible for ensuring that adulteration did not occur. Botanical pharmacognosy skills are exactly what are needed to ensure botanical supplement quality control."

Bill Keller, PhD, longtime secretary of ASP, wrote,

I was quite pleased to vote for ASP’s endorsement of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program. As Vice President and Chief Scientific Resource Officer at Nature’s Sunshine Products, I am continually faced with the possibility of having our product ingredients or our finished products being adulterated with illicit substances and/or prescription drugs. The Botanical Adulterants Program is definitely providing a unique and highly valuable service to the dietary supplement industry in addressing this serious problem. 

Stefan Gafner, PhD, chief science officer of ABC, noted that ASP “has become the most prominent organization of researchers interested in all aspects of natural products research in North America. I believe that it is the first time in the history of ASP that the organization supports a program through an endorsement, and it is a privilege that ASP chose to do so for the Botanical Adulteration Program.”

About the American Society of Pharmacognosy

Founded in 1959, the American Society of Pharmacognosy is a professional organization of researchers of natural products used in the development of modern medicines. These natural products are derived from medicinal plants, fungi, and marine organisms. ASP, in association with the American Chemical Society, publishes a leading scientific journal, the Journal of Natural Products. More information on ASP can be found on its website at www.pharmacognosy.us.

About the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program

The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program is a consortium of independent nonprofit organizations whose mission relates to education, scientific research, and quality of botanical dietary ingredients and related plant-derived materials. The consortium is underwritten or endorsed by more than 100 natural product industry companies, independent analytical laboratories, contract research organizations, nonprofit and professional organizations, trade associations, accredited institutions of education in natural medicine, law firms, and media companies — which are involved in the production, supply, manufacture, distribution, marketing, analysis, research, and/or education of herbal dietary ingredients and supplements, in the United States and internationally. Companies, organizations, foundations, and/or individuals interested in supporting this program are invited to contact Ms. Denise Meikel, ABC Development Director, at (512) 926-4900, ext. 120, or by email.


Underwriters and Supporters of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical
Adulterants Program (as of Oct. 3, 2013)*

Financial Underwriters
21st Century Healthcare
AdvoCare International L.P.
Amen Clinics
Amway/Nutrilite Health Institute
Aveda Corporation
BI Nutraceuticals
Bioceuticals
Bionorica AG
Blackmores
Cepham, Inc.
Chemi Nutra
Crinum Health
dicentra, Inc.
Doctor's Best
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.
Emerson Ecologics
Enzymatic Therapy, Inc.
Ethical Naturals, Inc.
Eu Yan Sang International
EuroMed
EuroMedica
EuroPharma
Flavex Naturextrakte GmbH
FoodState/MegaFood
Gaia Herbs
Gencor Nutrients, Inc.
GNC, Inc.
Helios Corp.
Herb Pharm
Herbalife International, Inc.
Horphag Research
Indena USA, Inc.
Linnea
Markan Global Enterprises, Inc.
Martin Bauer, Inc.
Metabolic Maintenance Products
Metagenics, Inc.
Natural Factors Nutritional
   Products, Inc./Bioclinic Naturals
Nature's Sunshine Products
Nature's Way
Naturex, Inc.
NBTY, Inc.
New Chapter, Inc.
The New Frontier Foundation
    Fund of the Greater Cedar
    Rapids Community Foundation
Ningbo Greenhealth
   Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Novel Ingredients
NOW Foods
Nu Skin Enterprises/Pharmanex
Nutritional Laboratories
    International
Pacific Nutritional Inc.
Paragon Laboratories
Pathway International Pty
   Limited
Perrigo Company
Pharmavite, LLC
Pure Encapsulations
Rainbow Light Nutritional
   Systems
RFI Ingredients, LLC
Sabinsa Corporation
Schwabe North America
Shaklee Corp
Standard Process, Inc.
Thorne Research, Inc.
Traditional Medicinals, Inc.
Triarco Industries, Inc.
Unigen
Valensa International
V.D.F. FutureCeuticals
Verdure Sciences
Vitamin Shoppe
Weil Lifestyle, LLC
Whole Foods Market
ZMC-USA

Trade Associations
Consumer Healthcare Products
    Association
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Natural Products Association
United Natural Products Alliance

Nonprofit/Professional Associations
American Association of 
   Naturopathic Physicians
American Society of
   Pharmacognosy
Council of Colleges of
  Acupuncture and Oriental
  Medicine
Personalized Lifestyle Medicine
   Institute

Colleges/Universities
Bastyr University
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic
   Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine
Southwest College of Naturopathic
    Medicine
University of Bridgeport College of
    Naturopathic Medicine

Third-Party Analytical Laboratories
Alkemists Laboratories
Bent Creek Institute
British Columbia Institute of
  Technology
ChromaDex
Covance Laboratories
Eurofins Scientific Inc.
Flora Research Labs
NSF International
Spectrix Labs
Tampa Bay Analytical

Media
Delicious Living
Engredea
Functional Ingredients
Holistic Primary Care
Integrator Blog
Modern Healthcare Practitioner
Natural Foods Merchandiser
Natural Products INSIDER
New Hope 360.com
Nutraceuticals World
NutraingredientsUSA.com
Nutrition Business Journal
Nutrition Industry Executive
Nutritional Outlook
Virgo Publishing
Vitamin Retailer
Whole Foods Magazine

Law Firms
Amin Talati, LLC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (James
    Prochnow)
Law Office of Holly Bayne, P.C.
Robert Forbes & Associates

Contract Research Organizations
KGK Synergize
Medicus Research

Other
Shanghai Research Center for
   TCM Modernization  
Institute of Materia Medica of
    the Chinese Academy of Sciences

*By acknowledging the generous support of these companies and organizations, ABC, AHP, and NCNPR are not endorsing any ingredients or products that may be produced or marketed by them.