600 Herbs, 60,000 Citations: Support the Botanical Safety Handbook Revision Online at AHPAFoundation.org

February 18, 2009 – The AHPA Foundation for Education & Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) makes its online debut at www.AHPAFoundation.org this month and provides companies and individuals with a quick and easy way to support the Foundation’s substantive revision of the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook through online donation.

“The Botanical Safety Handbook provides both a clinically-relevant assessment of the safety of numerous herbs in commerce and invaluable data to assist manufacturers in developing labels that adequately inform consumers,” said AHPA-ERB Foundation Chair and Neways International Sr. Director of Regulatory Affairs, Monzur Ahmed. “It is imperative for industry that the Botanical Safety Handbook contains the most recent and comprehensive information available, and now the ability for companies to financially contribute online provides a convenient way to support this new edition of the Handbook.”

First published in 1997, the Botanical Safety Handbook has become an essential reference text for healthcare providers, consumers, retailers and manufacturers of herbal products. The text provides safety information on more than 600 species of plants known to be in trade as ingredients in dietary supplements, and, employing a unique safety rating system, classifies each species listed based on a review of a number of authoritative contemporary botanical references and knowledge of historical use.

In 2006, realizing the significant amount of literature on herbal medicines that had been published since 1997 and the improved access to primary references online, the AHPA-ERB Foundation began raising funds for a revision of this important text. In addition to thousands more citations, the revised Botanical Safety Handbook also contains entries for herbal ingredients new to the marketplace and addresses potential drug interactions.

“While many healthcare providers in the U.S. believe research on botanicals is scarce, in actuality a wealth of information is obtainable, but not easily accessible since it is scattered in various academic journals and texts on the clinical use of botanicals,” said Zoë Gardner, program coordinator of the Medicinal Plants Program at the University of Massachusetts and research editor of the Botanical Safety Handbook revision. “An accurate, scientifically-based assessment of herbal ingredients will be required for medical professionals to accept the use of health-promoting botanicals.”

Join our generous sponsors in supporting this important work. Please visit www.AHPAFoundation.org and make your tax-deductible contribution today.