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AHPA-AHP workshop: Botanical ID for cGMP compliance

AHPA-AHP workshop: Botanical ID for cGMP compliance
Hands-on workshop will provide a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic and organoleptic identification methods, along with quality assessment techniques.

AHPA-AHP workshop: Botanical, macroscopic and organoleptic assessment of herbal ingredients for cGMP compliance

This hands-on, two-day workshop will provide a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods; quality assessment techniques and terminology; and demonstrate how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner.

Botanical identification, using classical botany as the basis, is the primary manner in which plant materials are identified. For identification and quality assessment of crude herb materials, macroscopic and organoleptic analysis are among the most rapid, accurate, cost-effective, and environmentally sound of all the analytical technologies. 

The workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Botanical identity current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliance requirements; Strengths and weaknesses of various analytical technologies (botanical, morphological, microscopic, chemical, DNA) 
  • Botanical terminology and botanical identification of plant materials; Language of botanical pharmacognosy and organoleptics
  • Terminology and assessment techniques for roots, leaves, stems, barks, flowers, fruits, seeds
  • Developing and documenting macroscopic and organoleptic assessments in a scientifically valid manner
  • Common and uncommon botanical adulterants: how to detect and how to avoid them; sourcing of botanical reference materials and developing internal standards

The discussions will be accompanied by hands-on instruction in the following areas:

  • Preparing botanical vouchers and an in-house herbarium collection
  • Examining various plant parts provided during the instruction

The cGMP rules require QC/QA personnel to be adequately trained in dietary ingredient testing. Each participant shall receive a Certificate of Completion to document attendance.


Portland State University
ODS Health Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory, Science & Research Teaching Center, Room 219
1719 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR

Date and time: June 15 and 16, 2015, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

Cost: members: $550, non-members: $695


  • Roy Upton RH, DipAyu herbalist and executive director, American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP)
  • Steven Yeager, botanist, QA/QC manager, laboratory manager, Mountain Rose Herbs

Moderator: Maged Sharaf, PhD, chief science officer, AHPA




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