Of the approximately 28,000 plants that have medicinal properties, only a few have been assessed for safety. Scientists discussed an ambitious effort to fill that gap at the first public meeting of the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) on May 29.
[BSC seeks to] enhance the botanical safety toolkit and bring clarity to botanical dietary ingredient assessments for manufacturers and regulators
More than 300 people from government, academia, industry, nonprofits, and consumer health groups met online to consider challenges and opportunities related to studying botanicals. The consortium is a partnership between NIEHS, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI).