American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Chief Science Officer Maged Sharaf, PhD, was appointed on Feb. 6 to the board of directors of the International Association for the Advancement of High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC Association). Dr. Sharaf was also appointed chair of the HPTLC Association Advisory Board.
The HPTLC Association convenes representatives from academia, industry, research, regulatory and standard setting bodies to promote the use of HPTLC in plant analysis and other analytical fields. As a member of the board, Dr. Sharaf will help the HPTLC Association develop and validate common standards and methods for identification of plants and their adulterants and support pharmacopoeias and similar organizations with expertise, guidance, methods and validation data.
"We appreciate Dr. Sharaf's continued commitment to the Association since its founding and welcome him to the board," said Prof. Beat Meier, president of the HPTLC Association board. "As chief scientific officer of AHPA, Dr. Sharaf brings experience and expertise relevant to the botanical industry of the United States to the HPTLC Association."
"I am honored to continue serving this vital association as the leading resource for information, tools and training in HPTLC to the scientific community," said Dr. Sharaf.
"The HPTLC Association's mission aligns closely with AHPA's goals so the appointment of Dr. Sharaf to the board promotes collaboration which will help increase the impact of both organizations," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin.