SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. and OXFORD, Miss. – The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® and the National Center for Natural Products Research have formed a research collaboration to develop quality standards for botanical dietary supplements.
The organizations will work towards integrating efforts for developing benchmarks of identity, purity and quality for botanicals that will be published as American Herbal Pharmacopoeia standards.
“Collaboration between organizations is the key to addressing the many quality issues required for creating a strong foundation of quality for the botanical products industry,” said Roy Upton, AHP executive director. “The strength of AHP in bringing standards and guidance to the industry together with the research strength of NCNPR will greatly increase the practical value of the works produced by both organizations.”
AHP and NCNPR are two of the country’s leading botanical research organizations. The primary mission of AHP, a California-based nonprofit research organization, is to develop quality control standards for herbal products through the publication of monographs, validated analytical methods, and efficacy and safety reviews of therapeutic data as well as to provide to the industry AHP-Verified™ botanical and chemical reference standards with which to carry out proper analytical methods.
Located at the University of Mississippi, NCNPR is the nation’s only university research center devoted to improving human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals derived from plants, marine organisms and other natural products. The center has a strong focus on botanical research and has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct research on the quality and safety of botanical dietary supplements.
Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR assistant director and director of the center’s FDA Program, heartily welcomes the collaboration. “With their monographs, AHP has set a very high standard of quality for botanical dietary supplements, including characterization from the crude plant to the finished consumer product, validated analytical methods and botanical and chemical reference standards programs,” Khan said. “These are tools that researchers, industry and the FDA need to ensure the identity and quality of botanical dietary supplements. The ongoing research programs at the NCNPR can contribute to these efforts.”
AHP began developing qualitative and therapeutic monographs in 1994, with a goal of producing 300 monographs on botanicals, including many of the Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbs most frequently used in the United States. Once completed, these monographs represent the most comprehensive and critically reviewed body of information on herbal medicines in the English language, and will serve as a primary reference for academicians, health care providers, manufacturers and regulators.
For information regarding AHP and its projects, go to http://www.herbal-ahp.org or call 831-461-6317. For information on the research efforts of NCNPR, go to http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/ncnpr/index.html.
About AHP: AHP (www.herbal-ahp.org), founded in Santa Cruz, California, began developing qualitative and therapeutic monographs in 1994. The Mission of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) is to promote the responsible use of herbal medicines and insure they are used with the highest degree of safety and efficacy as is achievable. Their primary way to accomplish this is through the development of standards of identity, purity, and analysis for botanicals, as well as to critically review traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety.
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CONTACT: Roy Upton