AHPA to Hold Botanical Identification Training

April 6, 2011

The association says the program will assist both manufacturers and ingredient suppliers in verifying the identity of botanical ingredients under GMP requirements.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) will host a two-day training program on May 7-8 on microscopic identification of popular botanical materials, at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). The association says the program will assist both manufacturers and ingredient suppliers in verifying the identity of botanical ingredients under GMP requirements.

The material will familiarize participants with the various plant parts at the macroscopic level to create an understanding of the characteristic cellular features of each plant part. The information will be presented in morphological groups such as barks, roots, leaves, seeds, etc., and their characteristic microscopic components. The basic structure of the various tissue types will be discussed and identified using actual examples from a vast database of microscopic botanical images.