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TwoLeadingBritishHerbalOrganizationsEndorseBotanicalAdulterantsEducationalProgram

150-Year-OldUKHerbalPractitionersAssociationandLeadingUKHerbTradeAssociationtoSupportABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram,anInternationalHerbalQualityControlInitiative

(AUSTIN,Texas,Jan.29,2015)TheNationalInstituteofMedicalHerbalists(NIMH)andtheBritishHerbalMedicineAssociation(BHMA)haverecentlyendorsedtheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram,aninternationalconsortiumofnonprofitorganizations,analyticallaboratories,industrymembers,professionalscientists,andothersthatadvisesindustry,researchers,healthprofessionals,andadditionalcommunitiesaboutthevariouschallengesrelatedtoadulteratedherbsandbotanicalingredientsincommerce.NIMH,whichwasfoundedin1864andis“theUK’sleadingprofessionalbodyrepresentingherbalpractitioners,”gavenoticeofitssupportinaletterdatedDecember15,2014,fromNIMHPresidentLauraStannardtoMarkBlumenthal,founderandexecutivedirectorofthenonprofitAmericanBotanicalCouncil (ABC)andgeneralmanageroftheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram.Intheletter,Stannardsaidofthedecision:“TheNIMHishappytosupporttheBotanicalAdulterantsProgram.Inlendingournametotheprogramwehopethatotherprofessionalassociationswillfollowourlead.Theadulterationofmedicinalplantsisanissueofgraveconcernforallherbalistsandeveryoneinvolvedinherbalmedicineworldwide.”BHMA,foundedin1964,promotestheadvancementof“thescienceandpracticeofherbalmedicineintheUnitedKingdom.Itpromotestheuseofherbalmedicinalproductsmanufacturedtopharmaceuticalstandardstoensureconsistentlyhighqualityandeffectivenessfortheconsumer.”TheBHMA’ssupportforBAPwasconfirmedonJanuary7,2015.InanemailtoBlumenthal,BHMAChairmanDickMiddleton,PhD,commented:“TheBHMAisdelightedtoendorseandsupporttheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram.TheprincipleobjectivesoftheProgramarepivotaltotheongoingdevelopmentofhigh-qualityherbalhealthproductsintheUSandrelatedmarkets,includingtheUnitedKingdom.Thecorethrust oftheprograminvolvingeducationandtrainingwillalsoleadtotheincreasingglobalavailabilityofhigh-qualityherbalmaterialstoherbalproductmanufacturers.Thiswillhelptocreatemorerobust,high-qualitysupplychains.”Adulterationreferstotheaccidentalorintentionalsubstitutionordilutionofamaterialwithanundisclosedorlower-costingredient,therebygivingtheconsumerafalsesenseofthevalueorqualityofaningredientorproductcontainingsuchanadulteratedingredient.TheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgramisacoalitionofthreeAmericannonprofitgroups:ABC,theAmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia (AHP),andtheUniversityofMississippi’sNationalCenterforNaturalProductsResearch (NCNPR),withmorethan130otherAmericanandinternationalpartiessupportingandcooperatingwiththeProgram.“WearemostgratefulandencouragedbythestrongshowofsupportforourProgramthatwehavereceivedfromourherbcolleaguesintheUnitedKingdom,”saidBlumenthal.

“ThereisalongandrobusthistoryoftherationalandresponsibleuseofherbsasaformofselfcareandhealthcareintheUK,goingbackcenturies.SupportforoureducationaleffortsabouthowtodetectadulterationandfraudintheherbalmarketwillnotonlyhelpenhancethequalityofherbproductsintheUK,butwillprovidegreatlywelcomeaddedimpetusandcooperationtotheinternationaleducationaleffortsofourProgram,”Blumenthaladded.NIMH’sendorsementoftheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgramfollowssimilarendorsementsmadebyotherprofessionalorganizations,includingtheInternationalSocietyforMedicinalPlantandNaturalProductResearch(knownbyitsGermanacronym,GA)andtheAmericanSocietyofPharmacognosy(ASP),bothhighlyrespectedinternationalorganizationscomposedofleadingmedicinalplantresearchexperts.TheGAandASParethetwolargestorganizationsofprofessionalresearchersinthefieldofmedicinalplantsanddrugsofnaturalorigin.

“Aspeoplecontinuetouseherbalmedicines,theroleofqualifiedpractitionersinsupportingtheminmakinginformeddecisionsisessential.Thishasneverbeenmoreimportantthannowwiththeongoingchallengeofadulterationsofingredientsusedintheproducts.TheendorsementofthisprogrambyorganizationswiththeexpertiseandreputationoftheNIMHandBHMAwillonlystrengthenaccesstohigh-qualityherbalmedicinesglobally,”saidMichaelSmith,ND,memberoftheWorldHealthOrganizationExpertAdvisoryPanelonTraditionalMedicinesandtheABCAdvisoryBoard.OtherendorsementsoftheBotanicalAdulterantsProgrambyhealthcare-orientedorganizationsincludethosefromtheAmericanAssociationofNaturopathicPhysiciansandtheCouncilofCollegesofAcupunctureandOrientalMedicine.BHMA’sendorsementalsofollowstheendorsementsofotherleadingtradeorganizations,bothinternationallyandintheUnitedStates.Internationally,theseincludetheInternationalDietary/FoodSupplementTradeAlliance(IADSA),theAustralianSelfMedicationIndustry,ComplementaryMedicinesAustralia(formerlytheComplementaryHealthcareCouncil),theAustralianTeaTreeOilAssociation,and,justrecently,NaturalProductsNewZealand.IntheUnitedStates,thetradeassociationsunderwritingtheBotanicalAdulterantsProgramincludetheConsumerHealthcareProductsAssociation,theCouncilforResponsibleNutrition,theNaturalProductsAssociation,andtheUnitedNaturalProductsAlliance.Todate,theABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgramhaspublishedfiveextensivelypeer-reviewedandreferencedarticlesonthehistoryofadulteration,theadulterationoftheherbsblackcohoshandskullcap,andadulterationofextractsofbilberryfruitandgrapefruitseed.Theseopen-accessarticlesareavailableontheProgram’swebpage:www.herbalgram.org/adulterants.TheProgramalsopublishesaquarterlynewsletter,“TheBotanicalAdulterantsMonitor,”thathighlightsnewscientificpublicationsrelatedtobotanicalauthenticityandanalysistodetectpossibleadulteration,recentregulatoryactions,andProgramnews.Further,theProgramrecentlyreleaseditsfirstinaseriesofLaboratoryGuidanceDocumentstohelpindustryandthird-partyanalyticallaboratoriesdeterminethemosteffectiveanalyticalmethodsfordetectingadulterationandauthenticatingbotanicalrawmaterialsandextracts.Thefirstofthesewaspublishedonskullcap,anherbsubjecttodocumentedadulteration.AdditionalpublicationsfromtheProgramarescheduledforreleaseinthecomingmonths.

AbouttheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram

The ABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram is aconsortiumofindependentnonprofitorganizationswhosemissionrelatestoeducation,scientificresearch,andqualityofbotanicaldietaryingredientsandrelatedplant-derivedmaterials.Theconsortiumisheadedbythreenonprofitgroupsdealingwitheducationandresearchonmedicinalherbsandotherbeneficialplants:theAmericanBotanicalCouncil,theAmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia,andtheNationalCenterforNaturalProductsResearchattheUniversityofMississippi.Theprogramisunderwrittenorendorsedbymorethan130naturalproductsindustrycompanies,independentanalyticallaboratories,contractresearchorganizations,nonprofitandprofessionalorganizations,tradeassociations,accreditedinstitutionsofeducationinnaturalmedicine,lawfirms,andmediacompanies—whichareinvolvedintheproduction,supply,manufacture,distribution,marketing,analysis,research,and/oreducationofherbaldietaryingredientsandsupplements,intheUnitedStatesandinternationally.AllpublicationsoftheProgramareavailablefree-accessonits homepage includingthe "BotanicalAdulterantsMonitor," ane-newsletterthatconveysProgramnews,regulatoryupdates,andrecentscientificpublicationsrelatedtoadulteration,contamination,identity,andauthenticityofbotanicalrawmaterials,extracts,andessentialoils.Companies,organizations,foundations,and/orindividualsinterestedinsupportingthisprogramareinvitedtocontactMs.DeniseMeikel,ABCDevelopmentDirector,at(512)926-4900,ext.120,or byemail.

UnderwritersandSupportersoftheABC-AHP-NCNPRBotanicalAdulterantsProgram(asofJan.29,2015)*

FinancialUnderwriters21stCenturyHealthcareAdvoCareInternationalL.P.AgilentTechnologies,Inc.AloecorpInc.AmenClinicsAmway/NutriliteHealthInstituteArtemisInternational,Inc.AvedaCorporationBeachbody,LLCBINutraceuticalsBioceuticalsBionoricaSEBlackmoresCapsugelCepham,Inc.ChemiNutraCNCAHealthCrilaHealthdicentra,Inc.Doctor'sBestDr.Bronner'sMagicSoapsDSMNutritionalProducts,Inc.EmersonEcologicsEnzymaticTherapy,Inc.EthicalNaturals,Inc.EuYanSangInternationalEuroMedEuroMedicaEuroPharmaFlavexNaturextrakteGmbHFoodState/MegaFoodGaiaHerbsGencorNutrients,Inc.GNC,Inc.HeliosCorp.HerbPharmHerbalifeInternational,Inc.HorphagResearchiHerbIndenaUSA,Inc.IngredientIdentityLinneaMarkanGlobalEnterprises,Inc.MartinBauer,Inc.MediHerb/IntegriaHealthcareMetagenics,Inc.NaturalFactorsNutritional   Products,Inc./Bioclinic   NaturalsNaturalGrocersbyVitamin  CottageNature'sSunshineProductsNature'sWayNaturex,Inc.NBTY,Inc.NewChapter,Inc.TheNewFrontierFoundation   Fundofthe GreaterCedar   RapidsCommunity FoundationNingboGreenhealth   PharmaceuticalCo.,Ltd.NovelIngredientsNOWFoodsNuSkinEnterprises/PharmanexFinancialUnderwriters(cont'd)NutritionalLaboratories   InternationalOrthoMolecularProductsPacificNutritionalInc.ParagonLaboratoriesPathwayInternationalPty   LimitedPerrigoCompanyPharmatokaSASPharmavite,LLCPolyphenolics,Divisionof   ConstellationBrands,Inc.PureEncapsulationsRainbowLightNutritional   SystemsRosenbushandZimmermanFamily   FundRFIIngredients,LLCSabinsaCorporationSchwabeNorthAmericaShakleeCorpStandardProcess,Inc.ThorneResearch,Inc.TraditionalMedicinals,Inc.TriarcoIndustries,Inc.UnigenUnivera,Inc.ValensaInternationalV.D.F.FutureCeuticalsVerdureSciencesVitaminShoppeWeilLifestyle,LLCWholeFoodsMarketZMC-USATradeAssociationsAustralianSelfMedication   IndustryAustralianTeaTreeIndustry   Association(Australia)BritishHerbalMedicineAssociation(UK)ComplementaryMedicinesAustralia   (Australia)ConsumerHealthcareProducts   Association(US)CouncilforResponsibleNutrition   (US)InternationalAllianceof   Dietary/FoodSupplement  Associations(IADSA)NaturalProductsAssociation   (US)NaturalProductsNewZealand(NZ)UnitedNaturalProductsAlliance   (US)Nonprofit/ProfessionalAssociationsAmericanAssociationof    NaturopathicPhysiciansAmericanSociety of   PharmacognosyCouncilofCollegesof   Acupuncture andOriental   MedicineNationalInstituteofMedicalHerbalistsPersonalizedLifestyleMedicine   InstituteSociety forMedicinalPlant   andNaturalProductResearch   -GA Colleges/UniversitiesBastyrUniversityBoucherInstitute for  Naturopathic MedicineNationalCollegeofNatural  MedicineSouthwestCollegeof   Naturopathic MedicineUniversityofBridgeportCollege     of NaturopathicMedicineThird-PartyAnalyticalLaboratoriesAlkemistLabsAuthenTechnologiesLLCBentCreekInstituteBritishColumbiaInstituteof   TechnologyChromaDexCovanceLaboratoriesEurofinsScientificInc.FloraResearchLabsNSFInternationalSpectrixLabsTampaBayAnalyticalMediaDeliciousLivingEngredeaFunctionalIngredientsHolisticPrimaryCareInformaExhibitionsUSIntegratorBlogMediaRelations,Inc.ModernHealthcarePractitionerNaturalFoodsMerchandiserNaturalProductsINSIDERNewHope360.comNutraceuticalsWorldNutraingredientsUSA.comNutritionBusinessJournalNutritionIndustryExecutiveNutritionalOutlookVitaminRetailerWholeFoodsMagazineLawFirms&RegulatoryConsultantsAminTalati&Upadhye,LLCGreenbergTraurig,LLP(James   Prochnow)LawOfficeofHollyBayne,P.C.RobertForbes&AssociatesContractResearchOrganizationsKGKSynergizeMedicusResearchResearchInstitutesKoreanGinsengResearch  InstituteShanghaiResearchCenterfor  TCMModernization/Shanghai  InstituteofMateriaMedicaof  theChineseAcademyof  Sciences