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The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) is the largest international consortium focused on reducing adulteration in botanical ingredients used in dietary (food) supplements, conventional foods, cosmetics, and other natural health products.

In 2011, three leading nonprofit organizations—the American Botanical Council (ABC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), and the University of Mississippi's National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR)—initiated this large-scale program to educate members of the global herbal and dietary supplement industry about ingredient and product adulteration.

Responsible parties in the herbal and dietary supplement community have raised concerns about the suspected and confirmed practice of adulteration of numerous botanical ingredients. These include botanical raw materials, extracts, and essential oils. The three nonprofit parties form the working basis of BAPP to raise awareness and provide solutions in tackling adulteration issues in the herbal dietary supplement and other botanical products (e.g., conventional foods, cosmetics, fragrance) industries.

BAPP produces six to eight extensively peer-reviewed publications per year, written by experts in various scientific fields, to document adulteration for specific ingredients, and/or to evaluate laboratory test methods to authenticate legitimate ingredients and to detect the potential presence of undeclared adulterants in herbal ingredients and finished dietary supplements. As of July 2021, BAPP has published more than 66 extensively peer-reviewed documents. All BAPP publications are freely available on the BAPP homepage with registration on ABC’s website.

BAPP publications are having a positive impact on the natural products industry, with companies reporting revisions of specifications for their ingredients, improvements in their quality control measures, changes to more reliable suppliers, and other efforts to help ensure authenticity in their supply chain and prevent the presence of adulterated ingredients in their products.

BAPP’s efforts have been acknowledged by leading publications in the herb, dietary supplement, and natural products industry.

  • In July of 2014, New Hope Natural Media (publisher of Nutrition Business Journal, awarded ABC the NBJ Education Award for 2013 in recognition of ABC’s leadership in creating the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program (and also the publication of the 100th issue of ABC’s peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram).
  • In 2016, BAPP was named one of Nutritional Outlook magazine’s “Best of 2016” award recipients.
  • In June of 2019, BAPP received NutraIngredients-USA’s 2019 Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year.