Silver Spring, MD (May 10, 2005) -- Steven Dentali, PhD, AHPA’s vice president of scientific and technical affairs, has been elected to an expert committee U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP). Dentali will serve on the Dietary Supplements General Chapters committee for a five-year cycle.
“This is a great honor,” Dentali said. “USP has been recognized worldwide, often as THE official quality standard, for 185 years now. I look forward to working with the other committee members and contributing to USP standards in the future.”
Founded in 1820, USP is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, organization that establishes standards to ensure the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use, promote the safe and proper use of medications, and verify ingredients in dietary supplements. USP monographs address quality, identification, labeling, purity, and potency, among other tests. These standards, developed by a number of Expert Committees, are published in the United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary (USP–NF).
The Dietary Supplements General Chapters committee focuses on general issues surrounding botanical standards such as testing methods, good agricultural practices, and other issues common to dietary supplement ingredient and product quality. Current dietary supplement general chapters address issues such as microbial limits, and manufacturing practices.
USP has five Expert Committees that focus on dietary supplements: Bioavailability, Botanicals, General Chapters, Information, and Non-Botanicals.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal supplement industry, the only trade association devoted solely to herbal issues. AHPA is the recognized leader in representing the responsible center of the botanical trade, and is comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products. AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of responsibility with respect to the way herbs are manufactured, labeled and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org