FDA Announces Convening of the Botanical Safety Consortium

Constituent Update November 14, 2019 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today 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…

The Development of a 21st Century Framework for Assessing the Safety of Botanical Dietary Supplements

Posted 25 June 2019 | By Daniel S. Marsman, DVM, PhD, Joseph T. Dever, PhD, Stefan Gafner, PhD, Cynthia Rider, PhD, Sibyl Swift, PhD, James C. Griffiths, PhD  | © This article discusses steps to improve the safety of botanicals in dietary supplements. The authors discuss several US legislative initiatives and efforts by several nongovernmental organizations, such as the Council for Responsible Nutrition…

March 2020 Press Release

FDA-NIEHS-HESI Led Botanical Safety Consortium Announces Call for Participants & 2020 Activities The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) was officially convened in November 2019, as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) , and the non-profit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute…

April 2020 NIEHS Environmental Factor Article

Botanical safety taken on by new consortium The Botanical Safety Consortium launches call for diverse groups to join. BY MARLA BROADFOOT 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. Read…

Botanical Safety Consortium Annual Meeting 2020

BSC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting May 2020 BACKGROUND The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) was officially convened in November 2019, with a mission to enhance the botanical safety toolkit and bring clarity to botanical dietary ingredient assessments for manufacturers and regulators. The BSC is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US Food…

Botanical Safety Consortium Newsletter December 2020

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

BSC Steering Committee Openings

Apply by 5 August 2022 We are looking to fill two seats on the BSC Steering Committee. We are currently looking for experts from industry, government, and/or academia to add to the expertise and overall vision of the consortium. The position would be from Q3 2022 to the end of Q2 2024 and would require…

BSC Annual Meeting

27 September 2022 Due to continued uncertainties with COVID-19, feedback from our stakeholders and the goals of the meeting, we have decided to make this year’s Botanical Safety Consortium’s Annual Meeting FULLY Virtual. The meeting will take place on 27 September. The full agenda will be shared in the coming weeks, but our goals will…

BSC at ICT2022

18 – 21 September 2022 International Congress of Toxicology in Maastricht, the Netherlands 18 September to 21 September “New Approach Methodologies to Evaluate Botanical Safety” – poster by Dr. Michelle Embry, HESI

BSC at the 70th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)

August 28-31, 2022 The BSC is planning a workshop during the 70th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA), which will take place on August 28-31, 2022 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The workshop will take place on Sunday August 28thentitle “Development of a Toolkit to Evaluate Botanical…

BSC at the International Conference on Environmental Mutagens, Ottawa

27 August – 1 September 2022 International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Ottawa, Canada 27 August to 1 September 2022 – “A Strategy for Developing a Framework of Genotoxicity Assays for Safety Assessment of Botanicals” – oral platform by Dr. Stefan Pfuhler, Procter and Gamble.

BSC at ICSB 2022

March 28-31st, 2022 The Botanical Safety Consortium will have a session at the International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB 2022) entitled “Botanical Safety Assessment: Updates from the BSC”. The meeting is taking place March 28th-31st, 2022. A description of the session and talks are below. The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) was officially convened…

BSC at SOT 2022

March 27-31st, 2022 The Botanical Safety Consortium presented at the 2022 Society of Toxicology meeting, which was held virtually and in person in San Diego, CA March 27-31, 2022. The presented posters highlighted the work of some of the technical working groups. Click poster titles to view each poster. Application of In Silico and In…

Botanical Safety Consortium Stakeholder Council Webinar Series February 22, 2022 @ 11am EST

Chemical Safety of Phytomedicines – Perspectives for in vitro testing strategies? The Botanical Safety Consortium hosted an open webinar on Tuesday 22 February 11 am -12 pm ET. Webinar Title: Chemical Safety of Phytomedicines – Perspectives for in vitro testing strategies? Speaker: Dr. Dieter Schrenk, Senior Professor of Food Chemistry & Toxicology, University of Kaiserslautern…

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,…

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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BSC Steering Committee Openings

Apply by 5 August 2022 We are looking to fill two seats on the BSC Steering Committee. We are currently looking for experts from industry, government, and/or academia…

BSC Annual Meeting

27 September 2022 Due to continued uncertainties with COVID-19, feedback from our stakeholders and the goals of the meeting, we have decided to make this year’s Botanical Safety…

BSC at ICT2022

18 – 21 September 2022 International Congress of Toxicology in Maastricht, the Netherlands 18 September to 21 September “New Approach Methodologies to Evaluate Botanical Safety” – poster by Dr. Michelle Embry,…

BSC at the 70th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)

August 28-31, 2022 The BSC is planning a workshop during the 70th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA),…

BSC at the International Conference on Environmental Mutagens, Ottawa

27 August – 1 September 2022 International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Ottawa, Canada 27 August to 1 September 2022 – “A Strategy for Developing a Framework of Genotoxicity Assays for…

BSC at ICSB 2022

March 28-31st, 2022 The Botanical Safety Consortium will have a session at the International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB 2022) entitled “Botanical Safety Assessment: Updates from…

BSC at SOT 2022

March 27-31st, 2022 The Botanical Safety Consortium presented at the 2022 Society of Toxicology meeting, which was held virtually and in person in San Diego, CA March 27-31,…

Botanical Safety Consortium Stakeholder Council Webinar Series February 22, 2022 @ 11am EST

Chemical Safety of Phytomedicines – Perspectives for in vitro testing strategies? The Botanical Safety Consortium hosted an open webinar on Tuesday 22 February 11 am -12 pm ET.…

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…

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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