AHPA Releases Five Updated Entries to Botanical Safety Handbook Ahead of AHPA Botanical Congress

AHPA Releases Five Updated Entries to Botanical Safety Handbook Ahead of AHPA Botanical Congress

Limited-Time, Value-Added Promotion Includes Access to the Botanical Safety Handbook and the Botanical Congress

Published: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Silver Spring, MD, May 13, 2021 -- The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the national trade association and voice of the herbal industry, today announced five updated entries have been posted to the online reference source, the AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed.

According to Jane Wilson, Director of Program Development, AHPA, “The AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook is just one of the many educational resources available to both AHPA members and non-members. This reference book is an essential tool for anyone who manufactures, recommends, or uses herbal products, from formulators to marketers to healthcare practitioners.”

With safety information on over 500 species of herbs, derived from data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts, the AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook is a highly respected, must-have resource. An Expert Advisory Council that includes some of the most renowned herbal and integrative medicine experts in the United States reviews all entries before they are published. Sample entries are available for viewing here.

The following entries have been updated:

  • Crocus sativus (saffron) - A September 2020 review identified numerous clinical trials, case reports, pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies.
  • Vaccinium spp. (cranberry) - A November 2020 review identified additional drug interaction and clinical trial information.
  • Vaccinium spp. (blueberry fruit) - A January 2021 review identified clinical trial and case reports relevant to this botanical.
  • Vaccinium spp. (blueberry leaf) - A December 2020 review changed the safety class from 2d to 1, based on review of new studies and re-evaluation of human chronic exposure concerns.
  • Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle) - A July 2020 review identified a clinical trial of vincamine and references for potential side effects.

AHPA’s Amber Bennett, Vice President, Marketing & Engagement, said, “With the 9th AHPA Botanical Congress coming up on May 24, we view the AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook as the perfect companion to this virtual event which focuses on business, regulatory and the human element of botanicals. Therefore, we’re offering the industry and other interested parties a limited-time, value-added promotion to save money on both educational resources.

"If you register before May 22, you’ll receive 15%* off the registration rate (AHPA members use Code 21BCBSHM; Non-members, Code 21BCBSHG). Then after the virtual event, we’ll send you an email with a promotional code to purchase an annual online subscription for the Botanical Safety Handbook at a 50%* discount.”

Registration rates for the AHPA Botanical Congress are $449 for AHPA members and $575 for non-members, prior to applying the promotion code. The Botanical Safety Handbook (on-line subscription) can be purchased for $95 for AHPA members and $119.95 for non-members, prior to applying the promotion code.

AHPA Botanical Congress Virtual Event Details

  • Monday, May 24, 2021
  • 7:30 AM - 3 PM Pacific Time Zone
  • Agenda, speakers, registration and more information, here.

AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook

  • The online AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook (BSH) is undergoing review of existing entries and the addition of new entries to provide the latest safety information before it can be included in the next print edition of the handbook.
  • The online format version has several additional features. Online BSH subscribers can search for keywords and botanical names and easily access the information they use most by saving personalized lists of entries. The online version is also updated regularly with new research, and subscribers will be notified of updates to provide immediate access to the most current information. The online version is optimized for smartphones and other mobile devices.

For questions about the AHPA Botanical Congress, contact Amber Bennett; for questions about the AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook, contact Jane Wilson.

For media inquiries, please contact Glenn Christenson.

*The promotion ends on May 22, 2021. The Botanical Safety Handbook promotion is available only to those who purchased the AHPA Botanical Congress and is valid for 30 days after receipt of a promotion code and is for new subscriptions only. The AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook (print edition) and ordering multiple subscriptions are excluded from the promotion.

About AHPA
Founded in 1982, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is comprised of more than 350 member companies, consisting primarily of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs and herbal products as foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs, and also including companies that provide expert services to the herbal trade. AHPA’s Mission is to promote the responsible and sustainable commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers have informed access to a wide variety of safe herbal goods. AHPA’s Vision is for high quality herbal products to be readily accessible to and broadly used by consumers. More at www.ahpa.org.


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