Natural Health Products Analytical Laboratory Proficiency Program - First Round Completed

Burnaby, British Columbia – December, 2006 - Paula Brown, Program Head of BCIT’s Natural Health Products Research Group, is pleased to announce the completion of the first round of the Natural Health Products Analytical Laboratory Proficiency Program.

During the inter-laboratory collaborative study, blind samples consisting of authenticated and adulterated goldenseal plant material, extracts and finished products were analyzed by participating laboratories in British Columbia and Alberta for the determination of alkaloids by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The HPLC methodology employed underwent rigorous single laboratory validation by BCIT and is suitable for distinguishing goldenseal from its common adulterants. The following labs met the acceptance criteria for this project and as such have demonstrated proficiency in testing for alkaloids in goldenseal:

  • Canadian Phytopharmaceutical Corporation, Richmond, BC
  • Cantest Ltd, Burnaby, BC
  • Envirotest Labs, Edmonton, AB
  • Labs-Mart Inc., Edmonton, AB
  • Natural Factors Nutritional Products, Coquitlam, BC
  • Natural Factors R & D, Burnaby, BC
  • SGS Canada Inc., Vancouver, BC

This program is supported by the BC Innovation Council and Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate, details can be viewed at

Panax quniquefolius was selected by the program’s Expert Advisory Committee to undergo testing for Round 2 of the Program. Methodology was selected by an International Expert Review panel and validation is being conducted by BCIT in collaboration with AOAC International & NRC’s Institute for National Measurement Standards.

BCIT is now recruiting participating laboratories for the second round of the Program.
If you are interested in contributing to the NHP Analytical Lab Proficiency Program as either a participant or sponsor, please contact the Project Coordinator, Ronan Yu, Directly at 604.456.8001.

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