The American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) held a two day, hands-on workshop titled, "Automated Flash Chromatography for Botanical Identity and cGMP Compliance," at Grace Discovery Sciences in Deerfield, Ill., on April 17 and 18.
The agenda focused on using modern flash chromatography for business operations with regards to cGMP compliance. Participants learned identity testing, testing for in-process and finished product specifications, creating reference standards and sample clean-up for use with other methods. James Neal-Kababick, founder and director of Flora Research Laboratories (FRL), was the presenter.
Many participants were eager to learn more about the flash technology to potentially expand their own in-house testing and/or reduce the amount of testing they have to send to contract labs. The small class size allowed for ample hands-on experience by each person in the class, as well as a good deal of direct interaction with the instructors.
"I found the training to be a good mixture of lecture and hands on instrument operation," said Jahan Marcu, research director for Green Standard Diagnostics. "The class highlighted the application of the flash technology to several challenges in the herbal products industry, such as the characterization of complex chemical mixtures."
"Participants were also very interested in the application of the flash technology to in-house isolation and production of secondary reference standards for botanical constituents," noted Jane Wilson, AHPA director of program development. "The potential cost savings for laboratories that use a significant amount of reference material in their operations highlights another utility of this instrumentation."
AHPA regularly produces educational teleseminars, webinars and in-person events where leading experts make informative presentations on the relevant issues that pertain to the continued success and growth of the herbal and botanical products marketplace. The next such event, a two-hour teleseminar entitled “FDA Inspections & Emerging cGMP Compliance Issues for Dietary Supplements,” will be held on May 15.