Early registration ends August 1 for AHPA seminar on ID of botanicals

Early registration ends August 1 for AHPA seminar on ID of botanicals

Early registration ends Monday, August 1, for the American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) two-day educational training program, Microscopic Identification of Popular Botanical Materials.


Early registration ends Monday, August 1, for the American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) two-day educational training program, "Microscopic Identification of Popular Botanical Materials."

The hands-on program is scheduled for the weekend of October 1-2, 2011, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

The AHPA seminar will assist manufacturers and suppliers in meeting the burdens of verifying the identity of botanical ingredients under the Food and Drug Administration's good manufacturing practice (cGMP) and to protect them from potential liability. The federal cGMP regulation (21 CFR 111) requires that all dietary ingredients be tested or examined to verify identity prior to use in a finished product.

The material presented will familiarize participants with the various plant parts at the macroscopic level to create an understanding of the characteristic cellular features of each plant part using botanical microscopy techniques developed over the last century by botanists all over the world.

Early registration provides a 10 percent discount from the registration fee of $1,500 per person. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals while attending the course.

Program Goals

The program's overall goal is to have participants leave with the experience necessary to confidently conduct microscopic analysis on a variety of popular botanical ingredients.

Additional program objectives:

·         Provide the beginning to intermediate microscopist the skills and ability to confidently and competently analyze popular botanical ingredients often used in commercial products

·         Provide hands-on experience: The majority of the program (~75%) will be spent on the use of the microscope and the analysis of botanical materials, including:

o    Example preparation and review

o    Identification of adulterated material, including common fillers used to "cut" materials, such as flow agents & soluble excipients

o    Connecting the dots: Comparing a Certificate of Analysis (COA) and specifications to micro-analysis results

·         General background on microscopy and usage of a microscope

·         Identification of appropriate reference resources:

o    Voucher specimens

o    Published references

Information will be presented in morphological groups such as barks, roots, leaves, seeds, etc., and their characteristic microscopic components. The basic structure of the various tissue types will be discussed and identified using actual examples from a vast database of microscopic botanical images. Participants will spend a significant amount of time during the program conducting hands-on training using a microscope. Equipment, chemicals and supplies will be discussed, if time permits and/or if requested.

"It was probably one of the most useful 'short courses' I've ever taken," says David R. Schroeder, who works in the quality control division for Standard Process Inc., in Palmyra, Wis. "I'd done a lot of reading on botanical microscopy, but none of it was really 'clicking' until I took this course."

Who Should Attend?

The "Microscopic Identification of Popular Botanical Materials" seminar is geared toward laboratory personnel, QA/QC personnel, dietary supplement companies looking for economical means to comply with the cGMP requirements regarding establishing identity, or anyone with an interest in utilizing microscopy as a tool for the identification of botanicals.

To register and for more information, visit the seminar page on the AHPA website, contact Devon Powell via email, or call 301.588.1171, ext. 102.

About the American Herbal Products Association 

The American Herbal Products Association is the national trade association for and the voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and botanical and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

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