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AHPA Tele-Seminar to Focus upon Herbal Cleanliness

AHPA Tele-Seminar to Focus upon Herbal Cleanliness

SILVER SPRING, MD (AUGUST 24, 2004) — Natural product manufacturers — caught between pending federal Good Manufacturing Practices and California’s Proposition 65 — need to produce clean and safe products, and keep costs in check. Even organic raw materials face issues of microbial load and heavy metal uptake from the soil.

To help the herbal products industry ensure product quality, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), will present a Tele-Seminar about establishing processes to care for and control raw materials from the field to order fulfillment. The AHPA Tele-Seminar will draw upon the practical legal and manufacturing expertise of AHPA staff and member companies, to outline current standards and identify inspection and testing options for microbial cleanliness, heavy metal levels, pesticides, and organic products.
Two Tele-Seminars are scheduled for Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, 2004. A convenient and cost-effective way to explore issues, gain insight, and enhance knowledge, the AHPA Tele-Seminar is a live two-hour telephone conference call. This is the second such Tele-Seminar offered by AHPA. The first, successfully presented in May 2004, focused on customer complaint and adverse event reporting systems.

Seminar materials — including a critical point process flowchart to help identify risk issues and intervention points — will be emailed in advance to participants. Afterwards, each attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion, an important addition to cGMP compliance training and personnel files.
Participants may email questions to be read aloud during the Q&A session; participants’ identities are kept confidential. A transcript of the seminar will be available for separate purchase, which frees you from taking notes and provides a valuable resource document to develop your own in-house programs.

Each seminar will be limited to just 30 call lines, but as many staff members as you wish may listen to your speaker phone. The seminar cost is only $60 per connection for AHPA member companies, and $95 per connection for non-member companies. Register by contacting Natasha Hall via email at or telephone (301) 588-1171, ext 106. A registration form is on the AHPA website,


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal supplement industry. Founded in 1983, AHPA is the recognized leader in representing the responsible core of the botanical products industry, and is comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbal products. Website:

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