ASP2023 – Current Topics in Botanical Safety Workshop

22 July 2023, 1:30 - 4:30pm

HESI Botanical Safety Consortium workshop on Saturday, 22 July from 1:30 - 4:30pm at the 2023 American Society of Pharmacognosy Annual Meeting in Rockville, Maryland.

Current Topics in Botanical Safety
Sponsored by:  The Botanical Safety Consortium
Chairs:  Dr. Hellen O’Ketch-Rabah & Dr. Michelle Embry

The growing popularity and interest in botanical products on a global scale has led to an increased focus on appropriate safety evaluation of these complex materials. These include aspects related to the characterization and identification of the material, challenges within the regulatory space, and the approaches and methods that can be effectively used to evaluate safety. Various tools, including new approach methodologies (NAMs) that can help screen for potential toxicity, are being explored and adapted for botanicals. In addition, strategies are being developed to connect the scientific advances in analytical chemistry, substance characterization, toxicology, pharmacognosy, and regulatory science, with the aim of improving overall botanical safety. This session will highlight recent and ongoing developments and challenges related to safety evaluation of botanicals, including updates from the Botanical Safety Consortium.


1:30 - Introductions & Welcome

1:40 - The Botanical Safety Consortium:  Overview & Update (Michelle Embry, HESI)

2:10 - Safety of Botanical Products – A Global Perspective (Charles Wu, USFDA; Vice-Chair of WHO-IRCH Network)

2:40 - Analytical Approaches for Botanical Evaluation (Josh Kellogg, Penn State)

3:10 - Of Mice and Humans: some pointers for effective translation (Barbara Sorkin, NIH)

3:40 - Weaving Various Lines of Evidence into a Fabric for Botanical Safety (Robin Marles, USP Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee)

4:10 - Panel Discussion