DS-Botanical Testing

Las Vegas, Nevada
Monday, October 06, 2014
DS-Botanical Testing
Monday, October 06, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Madalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South
Expo Hall
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
United States

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Botanical Testing
October 6, 2014 8-5

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This course is designed for any quality assurance personnel working to meet FDA compliance for Botanical ID. This course is to analyze botanical unknowns through classical botany and sensory testing systems for botanical identification.  This course may also support in-house testing for botanical ID.

QA testing of Botanicals:  Overview and review of the important aspects of quality assurance in testing and test development of botanical ingredients and its relations to the natural products industry and alternative medicine practices. This lecture will review proposed guidelines for herbal ID testing as it relates to Good Manufacturing Practices, cGMP, and all issues regarding quality testing.

Raw Botanical lecture and labs:  Techniques for identifying botanical species, adulterants and contaminants through classical botany and sensory methods will be presented.  Participants will be taught through lecture and lab participation how to analytically test and record these subjective systems.

Major Course Competencies

  • Participants will be able to understand the basic concepts and techniques for
    qualifying and identification of unknown botanicals.
  • Participants will be able to know when to apply each method for the desired results.
  • Participants will become familiar with at least a dozen herbals during this class.
  • Participants will become acquainted with reference materials used within this field of study. 
  • Participants will know how to document and report their findings.

Sensory Evaluation:

Overview of class
Discussion of the current status of the matrix of the natural products industry
Instruction on the 5 senses
Methods of identification
Labs associated with each sense
Labs on contaminants and adulterants, depending on available samples
Discussion on reference materials




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