Steven Dentali, Ph.D., chief science officer for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), has been chosen to serve as the chair of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Dietary Supplement Nomenclature Joint Subcommittee.
The subcommittee functions under both the Monographs—Dietary Supplements Expert Committee and the Nomenclature, Safety and Labeling Expert Committee, of which he is also a member. The Dietary Supplement Nomenclature Joint Subcommittee is composed of members of existing USP expert committees, which are the scientific decision-making bodies for USP's compendia. The charge of the subcommittee includes advising on naming articles of botanical origin, including the titles of dietary supplement monographs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia-National Formulary and the USP Dietary Supplements Compendium, and to provide expert opinion on supplement/botanical nomenclature to the USP Council of Experts.
"I'm very pleased that Dr. Dentali will be chairing this important subcommittee," said Gabriel Giancaspro, Ph.D., USP's director of dietary supplements standards. "He has made important contributions to patient and consumer safety in his work with the Nomenclature Safety, and Labeling Expert Committee and will only add to that in his new role. It's a wonderful example of volunteer experts donating their time and scientific acumen to help further USP's public health mission."
"It's a distinct honor to chair this group in order to help USP establish names for botanicals, related products, and other dietary supplement ingredients regardless of origin," said Dr. Dentali. "USP's recognition of the need for attention to botanical and dietary supplement ingredient nomenclature is another welcome step in its continued attention to standards for dietary supplements."
Dentali will update the Dietary Supplement Expert Committee regarding the subcommittee's activities during its next meeting on Sept. 17 in Boston, just prior to the USP Science & Standards Symposium on Functional Foods and Dietary Supplements-Global Opportunities and Challenges, which will take place Sept. 18-20.