Good Agricultural, Collection and Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials: Guidance and Assessment Tools
Agricultural and collection practices have wide-ranging impacts on product quality, native and regional communities, and the environment. This guidance and assessment tools serves as templates that growers, harvesters, and processors can adapt to their operations to help the industry ensure that herbal raw materials used in consumer products are accurately identified, not adulterated with contaminants that may present a public health risk, and fully conform to all quality characteristics for which they are represented.
The guidance is not a list of required prescriptions but rather a menu of options. Users are encouraged to identify and implement only those sections of the document that are relevant to their operations. Please carefully review relevant provisions in light of your company's circumstances and needs and implement whichever recommendations are useful and practical for your situation.
This guidance document is intended to complement the empirical knowledge that has been passed down from preceding generations involved in the cultivation, wild collection, and processing of useful plants. The industry is encouraged to give due consideration to long-established practices in growing, harvesting and processing herbs.
GACP-GMP Assessment Tools