Good Agricultural, Collection and Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials

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.

GACP-GMP Guidance & Combined Assessment Tools

GACP-GMP Individual Assessment Tools


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AHPA updates GACP-GMP guidance to include new appendix on prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination

Update replaces the 2017 version of the document

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has updated its guidance document “Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials” (AHPA GACP-GMP) to include a new appendix addressing prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination.

GACP-GMP Definitions and Appendices

Definitions of various terms used in the GACP-GMP guidance

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 10: Recommendations for Dietary Ingredient Processors. Supporting information for specific elements can be attached to this form.

Section 2: Botanical Identity and Quality Assessment Tool

All steps in the production of a botanical material must be performed properly to ensure the quality of the finished material

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 2: Botanical Identity and Quality,

Section 8: Further Processing Assessment Tool

After being cleaned and often dried, botanical material may be subject to additional processing such as size reduction or extraction

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 8: Further Processing and Handling

Section 6: Harvest Assessment Tool

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

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 6: Harvest of Cultivated and Wild Collected Plant

Section 5: General Farm Standards Assessment Tool

Guidelines in this section are intended to apply to farms (including wild collectors) that are not subject to 21 CFR Part 112 and are less strict

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 5: General Farm Standards

Section 4: Wild Collection Assessment Tool

Consideration of relevant factors will help ensure wild collection operations yield properly identified botanicals materials of the desired quality in a sustainable manner

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 4: Wild Collection

Section 3: Cultivation Assessment Tool

Many factors must be considered and controlled in the cultivation of botanicals

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 3: Cultivation.

GACP-GMP Operations Categories

Learn which sections of the AHPA GACP-GMP document are applicable to which operations

The operational categories provide direction regarding the sections of the AHPA GACP-GMP document that are applicable to the described operational functions. Companies may have operations that encompass one or more of these categories and should utilize all sections of the document that may be applicable to their operations.

Section 7: Post-Harvest Handling Assessment Tool

Post-harvest activities are critical to ensuring the botanical material meets appropriate quality specifications

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 7: Post-Harvest Handling
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