The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has launched the AHPA Botanical Identity References Compendium as a resource for manufacturers and researchers to identify botanical ingredients.
The AHPA Compendium is a cooperative and centralized source of information on physical characteristics and test methods that can be used by qualified and experienced analysts to determine the identity of plant species and articles of trade obtained from these plants. It currently provides such information for nearly 200 commonly used botanical species, and will continue to be expanded by AHPA staff and by participating contributors.
The AHPA Compendium provides examples of unique identifying characteristics and specific analytical methods for each of the listed species that may be applicable to the plant itself or to natural products produced from the plant. This information is presented in one or more of the following fields:
- Voucher specimen images
- Organoleptic descriptions
- Macroscopic images and descriptions
- Microscopic images and descriptions
- Chromatographic methods (e.g., TLC, HPTLC, HPLC)
- Reviews of certain known adulterants
- Links to abstracts of relevant publications.
This free, publicly accessible resource combines materials from open-source academic documents with information generously donated by Alkemist Labs, American Herbal Pharmacopeia, Botanical Liaisons, CAMAG Laboratories, ChromaDex, GRACE, the HPTLC Association, Mountain Rose Herbs, PlantaPhile, PhytoLab and U.S. Pharmacopeia.
In addition, AHPA is encouraging labs, companies, educational institutions and other organizations to contribute additional information to increase the scope and depth of this resource. The AHPA Compendium was built on an expandable platform that will incorporate additional methods and botanicals developed and donated by industry experts. An advisory panel will use a rigorous vetting process to evaluate all information that is posted to the Compendium.
For more information, visit www.ahpa.org.