A public-private partnership to enhance the botanical safety toolkit

Botanical dietary supplement and herbal medicine use is increasing both in the United States and worldwide. Products made from botanicals can be variable in chemical composition, with many aspects affecting their quantitative and qualitative chemical content and unknown impacts on potential toxicity profiles. Many regulatory structures do not currently require toxicity data and only require…

Botanical Safety Consortium Annual Meeting 2021

BSC 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting June 2021 Click to access PDFs for select presentations: Welcomes & Objectives (Connie Mitchell, HESI) Botanical Safety Consortium Introduction & Updates (Dr. Cara Welch, US FDA) Keynote 1: The hERG Screen Project: Enhancing Botanical Safety by Cardiotoxic Risk Assessment (Dr. Ulrike Grienke, University of Vienna) Chemical Analysis for Ashwagandha Root Extract (Dr. Vincent Sica,…

Session at ICSB 2021

20th Annual Oxford ICSB March 28th – 30th, 2022  The Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is an annual meeting to discuss approaches for post market surveillance, risk and safety assessment, quality control and adverse event reporting (AER) for botanical dietary supplements (BDS) and natural products as well as regulatory aspects with perspectives…

2020 Virtual SOT Session

“Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements” Click to access PDFs of the presentations: Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements. Michelle Embry (HESI, Washington, DC) Chemical Analysis: The Foundation of Botanical Safety. Joshua Kellog (Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA) Developing and Applying In Vitro Liver Models to Address Potential Hepatotoxicity of Botanical Dietary Supplements. Amy Roe…

ABC’s Stefan Gafner and Colleagues Give Lecture on Botanical Ingredient Safety Evaluation for Pharmacy Students in Malawi

In April 2021, American Botanical Council (ABC) Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, and colleagues took part in a virtual lecture series on botanical ingredient safety at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. The online event was attended by approximately 30 pharmacy students and faculty members and was initiated by Dallas…

Botanical researchers aim to fill gap in safety testing

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…

Botanical Safety Taken on by New Consortium (NIH Record)

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, NIEHS joined forces with FDA and the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) to form the Botanical Safety Consortium, through a recent memorandum of understanding. The group serves as a collaborative forum on botanical safety research, drawing global scientists from government, academia, consumer health groups,…

Botanical safety taken on by new consortium

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, NIEHS joined forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) to form the Botanical Safety Consortium. The consortium, which launched a website in March, will serve as a collaborative forum on botanical safety research. The group hopes to draw global…

FDA: Botanical Safety Consortium Formally Convened

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a constituent update that the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened. Calling it a “milestone,” FDA said the BSC is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that  between the FDA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute…

FDA convenes the Botanical Safety Consortium

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened. This milestone is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was recently signed between the FDA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute…

A public-private partnership to enhance the botanical safety toolkit

Botanical dietary supplement and herbal medicine use is increasing both in the United States and worldwide. Products made from botanicals can be variable in chemical composition, with many aspects affecting their quantitative and qualitative chemical content and unknown impacts on potential toxicity profiles. Many regulatory structures do not currently require toxicity data and only require…

Botanical Safety Consortium Annual Meeting 2021

BSC 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting June 2021 Click to access PDFs for select presentations: Welcomes & Objectives (Connie Mitchell, HESI) Botanical Safety Consortium Introduction & Updates (Dr. Cara Welch, US FDA) Keynote 1: The hERG Screen Project: Enhancing Botanical Safety by Cardiotoxic Risk Assessment (Dr. Ulrike Grienke, University of Vienna) Chemical Analysis for Ashwagandha Root Extract (Dr. Vincent Sica,…

Session at ICSB 2021

20th Annual Oxford ICSB March 28th – 30th, 2022  The Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is an annual meeting to discuss approaches for post market surveillance, risk and safety assessment, quality control and adverse event reporting (AER) for botanical dietary supplements (BDS) and natural products as well as regulatory aspects with perspectives…

2020 Virtual SOT Session

“Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements” Click to access PDFs of the presentations: Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements. Michelle Embry (HESI, Washington, DC) Chemical Analysis: The Foundation of Botanical Safety. Joshua Kellog (Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA) Developing and Applying In Vitro Liver Models to Address Potential Hepatotoxicity of Botanical Dietary Supplements. Amy Roe…

ABC’s Stefan Gafner and Colleagues Give Lecture on Botanical Ingredient Safety Evaluation for Pharmacy Students in Malawi

In April 2021, American Botanical Council (ABC) Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, and colleagues took part in a virtual lecture series on botanical ingredient safety at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. The online event was attended by approximately 30 pharmacy students and faculty members and was initiated by Dallas…

Botanical researchers aim to fill gap in safety testing

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…

Botanical Safety Taken on by New Consortium (NIH Record)

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, NIEHS joined forces with FDA and the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) to form the Botanical Safety Consortium, through a recent memorandum of understanding. The group serves as a collaborative forum on botanical safety research, drawing global scientists from government, academia, consumer health groups,…

Botanical safety taken on by new consortium

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, NIEHS joined forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) to form the Botanical Safety Consortium. The consortium, which launched a website in March, will serve as a collaborative forum on botanical safety research. The group hopes to draw global…

FDA: Botanical Safety Consortium Formally Convened

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a constituent update that the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened. Calling it a “milestone,” FDA said the BSC is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that  between the FDA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute…

FDA convenes the Botanical Safety Consortium

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened. This milestone is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was recently signed between the FDA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute…

BOTANICAL SAFETY CONSORTIUM

A public-private partnership to improve botanical safety

The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) was officially convened in November 2019, as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the non-profit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI).

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A public-private partnership to enhance the botanical safety toolkit

Botanical dietary supplement and herbal medicine use is increasing both in the United States and worldwide. Products made from botanicals can be variable in chemical composition, with many…

Botanical Safety Consortium Annual Meeting 2021

BSC 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting June 2021 Click to access PDFs for select presentations: Welcomes & Objectives (Connie Mitchell, HESI) Botanical Safety Consortium Introduction & Updates (Dr. Cara Welch, US…

Session at ICSB 2021

20th Annual Oxford ICSB March 28th – 30th, 2022  The Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is an annual meeting to discuss approaches for post market…

2020 Virtual SOT Session

“Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements” Click to access PDFs of the presentations: Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements. Michelle Embry (HESI, Washington, DC) Chemical Analysis: The…

ABC’s Stefan Gafner and Colleagues Give Lecture on Botanical Ingredient Safety Evaluation for Pharmacy Students in Malawi

In April 2021, American Botanical Council (ABC) Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, and colleagues took part in a virtual lecture series on botanical ingredient safety at the…

Botanical researchers aim to fill gap in safety testing

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…

Botanical Safety Taken on by New Consortium (NIH Record)

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, NIEHS joined forces with FDA and the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) to form the Botanical Safety…

Botanical safety taken on by new consortium

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, NIEHS joined forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) to…

FDA: Botanical Safety Consortium Formally Convened

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a constituent update that the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened. Calling it a “milestone,” FDA said…

FDA convenes the Botanical Safety Consortium

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened. This milestone is the result of a Memorandum of…

The BOTANICAL SAFETY CONSORTIUM will provide a sound scientific basis for integrating existing botanical safety & toxicity information with the latest toxicological tools. 

This multi-partite, multi-stakeholder international effort will bring together key scientific experts to enhance the botanical safety toolkit and bring clarity to botanical dietary ingredient assessments.

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