This form is for use in conjunction with Section 2 Botanical Identity and Quality, AHPA Good agricultural collection practices and good manufacturing practices for botanical materials. Supporting information for specific elements can be attached to this form.
Botanical identity and quality must be assured throughout the growing, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and further processing of botanical materials. Improper or careless practices at any stage may result in material that is misidentified, adulterated, or that fails to meet the necessary specifications.
All steps in the production of a botanical material must be performed properly to ensure the quality of the resulting finished material. This includes everything from site location and cultivation, to harvest, to post-harvest steps such as washing, cutting, dehydrating, packaging, storing, and transporting.
Any material offered as a particular genus, species, subspecies, variety, cultivar, hybrid, or other lesser division of a species must in fact be that exact taxon.
Limits should be established for impurities and contaminants that may adulterate the material or adversely affect its quality.