Section 6: Harvest Assessment Tool

Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices (GACP-GMP) for botanical materials

Botanical agricultural, collection and manufacturing practices have wide-ranging impacts on product quality, native and regional communities and the environment. AHPA's Guidance on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials provides a template for small and large growers, harvesters, and processors to implement and document best practices. The guidance and accompanying assessment tools 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.

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Section 6: Harvest Assessment Tool

Harvest timing, weather conditions, handling of the harvested material, and other factors must be carefully considered

Published: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 6 Harvest of Cultivated and Wild Collected Plants. Supporting information for specific elements can be attached to this form.

Harvesting procedures for both cultivated and wild collected plants require proper attention in order to ensure botanical quality. Harvest timing, weather conditions, handling of the harvested material, and other factors must be carefully considered. This section recommends good harvesting practices applicable to farms in general; it does not include any specialized requirements established in 21 CFR 112 for covered produce farms. Harvest season and harvest time are important factors in the collection of good quality plant material. Furthermore, the condition of the plants themselves at the time of harvest has a significant effect on quality, as do ambient weather conditions and the actual practices that are used to conduct the harvest.

Harvest and handling practices have a significant impact on the quality of the harvested material.

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