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Tuesday, December 01, 2015





  Good Agricultural and Collection Practices

January 31, 2008

The new GMPs regulations for dietary supplements require manufacturers to establish quality specifications for identity, purity, strength, and composition, and limits on contaminants. For herbal products, that quality begins in the soil and is the first link in the GMP chain. All raw materials — whether grown on a farm or gathered in the wild — must be grown and handled properly after harvest or collection in order to meet those GMP quality standards. This two-hour tele-seminar provides information on getting the best quality raw materials from the field or forest, and how the grower and wildcrafter can meet buyers’ standards.

To help herbal ingredient growers, collectors, brokers and manufacturers understand each others’ needs and comply with federal and state regulations, AHPA General Counsel Anthony Young(Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker); Edward J. Fletcher, COO, Strategic Sourcing; Mark Wheeler, founder, owner & operator, Pacific Botanicals; and Rupa Das, VP of Global Quality and Compliance, BI Nutraceuticals, presented this highly informative two-hour educational tele-seminar, which covers such issues as:

  • Identification
  • Quality Assurance
  • Cleanliness
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Legal conformity
  • Optimal harvest conditions

Course materials include:

  • Audio file of the AHPA event
  • An unedited transcript of the AHPA event
  • Agenda
  • Presenters Bios

  Herbal Cleanliness

October 21, 2004

Raw material quality can make or break an herbal product. How you achieve raw material cleanliness can make or break your company. AHPA presents the expertise you need to establish processes to care for and control raw materials from the field to order fulfillment. Drawing upon the practical legal and manufacturing expertise of AHPA staff and member companies, this educational course outlines current standards, and identifies inspection and testing options for

  • microbial cleanliness,
  • heavy metal levels,
  • pesticides,
  • organic ingredients.

Materials include a critical-point process flowchart to help identify risk issues and intervention points. 

Take advantage of the expertise of these speakers:

  • Angie Brackhahn and Kevin Ernst,both of Trout Lake Farm
  • Josef Brinckmann andKatie Huggins, both of Traditional Medicinals
  • Steven Dentali and Michael McGuffin, both of AHPA
  • Loren Israelsen, of the United Natural Products Association
  • Nancy Linde, of The Toxicology Group of NSF International
  • Trenton Norris, Esq, of Bingham McCutchen, and Anthony Young, Esq, of Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker

Materials in this packet include:

  • A critical-point process flowchart to help identify risk issues and intervention points
  • Tables of Recommended Maximum Microbial Limits, both those presented at the event (2004) and an updated version (2006)
  • A detailed document, Background on California Proposition 65: Issues Related to Heavy Metals and Herbal Products, produced by AHPA and updated for this educational event
  • Course Outline, Speaker Bios
  • Transcripts from the two duplicate sessions, and answers to questions posed by attendees
  • Audio file

AHPA's 2015 sponsors:

AHPA greatly appreciates the support of its sponsors, but acknowledgement of these companies is not an endorsement, recommendation, or warranty by AHPA of any company or its products or services, and AHPA has no responsibility for any transaction entered into with any of these companies.