2013 AHPA Botanical Congress to focus on verification

2013 AHPA Botanical Congress to focus on verification

Participants will gain an understanding of the various identity methods and technologies on their own "top 10" list of botanical ingredients.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) will produce the 2013 AHPA Botanical Congress: Practical Approaches to Verifying Identity on Thursday, May 2, at the Javits Center in New York. This full-day, interactive, hands-on workshop will be held in conjunction with the SupplySide MarketPlace Global Expo and Conference.

The 2013 AHPA Botanical Congress is sponsored by NSF International and Bruker.

Dietary supplement ingredient suppliers and manufacturers bear the burden of regulatory compliance under 21 CFR 111 (dietary supplement cGMP), which includes the verification of identity, finished product testing, and authentication of botanicals via "scientifically valid" methods.

In addition to interactive discussions with a panel of legal and regulatory experts, participants will be provided with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various identity methods and technologies on their own "top 10" list of botanical ingredients, including demonstrations on how the various technologies work for popular botanical ingredients.

"Assisting industry with understanding and meeting the regulations so they can pass Food and Drug Administration inspections is significant," said AHPA Chief Operations Officer Devon Powell. "The congress is a unique opportunity for industry to engage with experts and each other to discuss the regulatory requirements and currently available technologies that can assist in compliance efforts."

This year's event will include hands-on workshops with analytical labs and equipment providers, who will demonstrate the various technologies available for the verification of identity, including organolepsis, nuclear magnetic resonance, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, on a variety of botanical ingredients, using attendee-provided ingredient suggestions whenever possible.

The workshop will include:

  • Mini-organoleptic workshop with hands-on traing and panel discussion
  • Congress-style roundtable discussions and Q&A with legal experts on regulatory issues (current good manufacturing practices)
  • Demonstration sessions on technology and methodology from lab equipment providers and third-party labs
  • An herbal-extracts-identity verification panel discussion

Early-bird registration is $249 through April 12. After April 12, registration will be $349. For more information, to view the agenda, and to register for the 2013 AHPA Botanical Congress, visit the AHPA website.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Devon Powell, 301.588.1171 x102.


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