Austin, TX — The American Botanical Council (ABC) is changing the name of its program. Effective immediately, the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program will be known as the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program, or BAPP.
ABC and its partners at the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi decided to add “Prevention” to the name to emphasize the program’s purpose and intent.
Initiated in 2010, with its first publications released in 2011, BAPP has sought to help prevent industry use of adulterated raw materials, botanical extracts, and essential oils. They’ve done this through the publication of peer-reviewed documents, interviews with trade media, speeches at industry and professional conferences, and direct consultation with members of the industry.
“The program’s goal has always focused on prevention,” said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC and founder and director of BAPP. “What we’ve been trying to do is alert industry members about specific botanical materials that we have confirmed as being adulterated, and counsel industry on the optimum laboratory analytical methods to help determine authenticity of botanical ingredients. By adding the word ‘Prevention’ to the name, we are making our intention clearer to all stakeholders.”
To date, the program has published 37 extensively peer-reviewed articles, Botanical Adulterants Bulletins, Laboratory Guidance Documents, and Botanical Adulterants Monitor e-newsletters. All of the program’s publications are freely available on the program’s website.