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AOACINTERNATIONAL®EndorsestheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgramInternationalstandards-developingorganizationofferssupportforbotanicalqualitycontrolinitiative

(AUSTIN,Texas,June10,2015)TheAOACINTERNATIONAL®(formerlyknownastheAssociationofOfficialAgriculturalChemists)hasendorsedtheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram.TheendorsementfollowsaunanimousvotebytheAOACBoardofDirectorsinApril.TheBotanicalAdulterantsProgramisaninternationalconsortiumofnonprofitorganizations,analyticallaboratories,professionalscientists,healthcarepractitioners,industrymembers,andothersthateducatesandprovidesadviceaboutthevariouschallengesrelatedtoadulteratedherbs,botanicalextracts,andotherbotanicalingredientsincommerce.Foundedin1884,AOACInternationalhasgrownfromaUSgovernmentagencyestablishingmethodsforchemicalanalysesforagriculturalfertilizerstoaninternationalassociationofgovernment,academic,andindustryprofessionalsencompassingawidearrayofscientificdisciplines.Theworkoftheorganizationfocusesonthecreation,validation,andpublicationofreliableanalyticaltestmethodsforfood,beverage,dietarysupplement,andingredientsafetyandpurity.AOAC’smission,asdetailedonitswebsite,is“toattainthevisionof‘worldwideconfidenceinanalyticalresults.’”Theorganizationalsopublishesthebi-monthlyJournalofAOACInternational.TheBotanicalAdulterantsProgramisacoalitionofthreenonprofitgroups:theAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC),theAmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia(AHP),andtheUniversityofMississippi’sNationalCenterforNaturalProductsResearch(NCNPR),withmorethan165otherAmericanandinternationalpartiessupportingandcooperatingwiththeProgram.Adulterationreferstotheaccidentalorintentionalsubstitutionordilutionofamaterialwithanundisclosed,usuallylower-cost,ingredient,therebygivingtheconsumerafalsesenseofthevalueorqualityofaningredientorproductcontainingsuchanadulteratedingredient.AOACBoardPresidentErikJ.M.Konings,PhD,andExecutiveDirectorE.JamesBradford,PhD,notifiedABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthaloftheorganization’sendorsementofthePrograminaletterdatedApril21,2015.“AOACInternational’sindustrypartnersrepresentabroadspectrumofinterests,includingdietarysupplementsandnaturalproducts,”Drs.KoningsandBradfordwrote.“Assuch,weencourageeffortswhichaimtostrengthentheindustryusingresponsibleandscience-basedapproachesincommunicationandeducation.“AOACsupportsTheBotanicalAdulterantsProgram’sfocusoneducatingindustry,researchers,healthprofessionals,regulators,andotherinterestedpartieswithrespecttotheconfirmationoftypesofadulterationandevaluationofanalyticalmethods,”theycontinued.“WelookforwardtoalongrelationshipwiththeAmericanBotanicalCouncilandtheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram.”

“WearedeeplygratefulandhighlyhonoredtohaveAOAC’sendorsementandparticipationinourBotanicalAdulterantsProgram,”saidBlumenthal,whoisalsothegeneralmanageroftheProgram.“AOACisoneoftheworld’smosthighlyrespectedstandards-settingbodies,andtheirrecognitionofthegoalsandeducationalactivitiesofourProgramwillhelpusmovefurthertowardsincreasingtheinternationalimpactofoureducationalefforts.”“TheendorsementbyAOACoftheBotanicalAdulterantsProgram[BAP]continuestheglobalrecognitionbyscientificbodiesthatthisprogramhasreceived,”saidJamesNeal-Kababick,directorofFloraResearchLaboratoriesandFellowofAOAC.“[T]hepharmacognosyworld[has]astakeintheproblems,[and]AOAChasbeentappedtohelpaddresssomeselectedclandestineadulterationindietarysupplementsaswellaseconomicadulteration….UnderstandinghowtoensurethatadulteratedmaterialisnotreleasedintothefoodsupplychainiscriticalandtheBAPismakingmajorinroadswithitscollaborativeteamwork.”AOACjoinsleadinggroupsofmedicinalplantresearchscientiststhathavealreadyendorsedtheBotanicalAdulterantsProgram,includingtheAmericanSocietyofPharmacognosy,theSocietyforMedicinalPlantandNaturalProductResearch(GA),andtheNaturalHealthProductsResearchSocietyofCanada.TheBotanicalAdulterantsProgramwasalsopreviouslyendorsedbyUShealthpractitionersgroupsincludingtheAcademyofIntegrativeHealthandMedicine,theAmericanHerbalistsGuild,andtheIntegrativeHealthcarePolicyConsortium,aswellastheAmericanAssociationofNaturopathicPhysicians.Recognizingtheinternationalnatureofadulteration,severalorganizationsoutsidetheUnitedStates,includingtheIrishRegisterofHerbalists,theNationalInstituteofMedicalHerbalists,andtheBritishHerbalMedicineAssociation,havealsoofferedtheirsupport.DomesticandinternationalindustrytradeassociationshavealsoendorsedtheBotanicalAdulterantsProgram.TheseincludetheConsumerHealthcareProductsAssociation,theCouncilforResponsibleNutrition,theNaturalProductsAssociation,andtheUnitedNaturalProductsAlliance—allintheUnitedStates—aswellastheInternationalAllianceofDietary/FoodSupplementAssociations,theAustralianSelfMedicationIndustry,ComplementaryMedicinesAustralia,theAustralianTeaTreeOilAssociation,andNaturalProductsNewZealand.TheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgramhaspublishedextensivelypeer-reviewedandreferencedarticlesonthehistoryofadulteration,adulterationoftheherbsblackcohosh (Actaearacemosa)andskullcap(Scutellarialateriflora),andadulterationofbilberry(Vacciniummyrtillus)fruitextractandso-called“grapefruit(Citrusxparadisi)seedextract.”Theseopen-accessarticlesareavailableontheProgram’swebpage.TheProgramalsopublishesaquarterlynewsletter,“TheBotanicalAdulterantsMonitor,”whichhighlightsnewscientificpublicationsrelatedtobotanicalauthenticityandanalysistodetectpossibleadulteration,recentregulatoryactions,andProgramnews.Issue#4oftheMonitor,dueforreleaseinJune,containssummariesofnewresearchonGinkgobilobaadulterationincommercialproducts,authenticationofAustralianteatree(Melaleucaalternifolia)oil,andasurveyofrawRhodiolacrenulatamaterialinChina,amongothers.InJanuary,theBotanicalAdulterantsProgramreleaseditsfirstinaseriesofLaboratoryGuidanceDocumentstohelpindustryandthird-partyanalyticallaboratoriesdeterminethemosteffectiveanalyticalmethodsfordetectingadulterationandauthenticatingbotanicalrawmaterialsandextracts.Thefirstofthesewaspublishedonskullcap,anherbsubjecttodocumentedadulteration.AdditionalpublicationsfromtheProgram,includingLaboratoryGuidanceDocumentsonbilberryextractandblackcohosh,arescheduledforreleaseinthecomingmonths.

 

AbouttheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram

TheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgramisaconsortiumofindependentnonprofitorganizationswhosemissionrelatestoeducation,scientificresearch,andqualityofbotanicaldietaryingredientsandrelatedplant-derivedmaterials.Theconsortiumisheadedbythreenonprofitgroupsdealingwitheducationandresearchonmedicinalherbsandotherbeneficialplants:theAmericanBotanicalCouncil,theAmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia,andtheNationalCenterforNaturalProductsResearchattheUniversityofMississippi.Theprogramisunderwrittenorendorsedbymorethan165naturalproductsindustrycompanies,independentanalyticallaboratories,contractresearchorganizations,nonprofitandprofessionalorganizations,tradeassociations,accreditedinstitutionsofeducationinnaturalmedicine,lawfirms,andmediacompaniesthatareinvolvedintheproduction,supply,manufacture,distribution,marketing,analysis,research,and/oreducationofherbaldietaryingredientsandsupplements,intheUnitedStatesandinternationally.AllpublicationsoftheProgramareavailablefree-accessonitshomepageincludingthe“BotanicalAdulterantsMonitor,”ane-newsletterthatconveysProgramnews,regulatoryupdates,andrecentscientificpublicationsrelatedtoadulteration,contamination,identity,andauthenticityofbotanicalrawmaterials,extracts,andessentialoils.Companies,organizations,foundations,and/orindividualsinterestedinsupportingthisprogramareinvitedtocontactMs.DeniseMeikel,ABCDevelopmentDirector,at(512)926-4900,ext.120,orbyemail.