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Good Agricultural and Collection Practice Draft Now Available for Comment

December 8 , 2006

CONTACT: Roy Upton
Phone: 831.461.6317
Email: upton@herbal-ahp.org

Scotts Valley, CA - With a common purpose of providing guidance to growers and collectors of herbs that are used in consumer products, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) have completed a draft document titled Good Agricultural and Collection Practice for Herbal Raw Materials (GACP).

The goals of the draft AHPA-AHP GACP are to ensure that herbal raw materials are accurately identified and are not adulterated with contaminants that may present a public health risk, are in full conformity with all of the quality characteristics for which they are represented, and are harvested and cultivated in a manner that is environmentally sustainable. The GACP has relevance to herbal raw materials in all herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, etc. It is intended to have applications to all herbal raw material producers, both large and small and whether producing herbs by cultivation of by harvesting from the wild.

The draft AHPA-AHP GACP can be found online at http://www.ahpa.org/portals/0/pdfs/06_1208_AHPA-AHP_GACP.pdf and http://www.herbal-ahp.org/06_1208_AHPA-AHP_GACP.pdf.

It is presented as a draft for discussion and review, so comments are welcome, especially by farmers and collectors who use the draft in their facilities and operations. Revisions may be made to this GACP as additional insights are gained through this review process. If your company is in the business of growing or collecting herbal raw materials, you are invited to review this draft and submit comments and ideas about its application in your operations to the AHPA email or physical address on the cover of the document.


 
 

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