BSC Webinar: An In-Silico Method To Predict Cardiotoxicity In Botanical Substances

29 November 2022 The HESI Botanical Safety Consortium will host a webinar on Tuesday November 29 at 11 am ET from Dr. Jeremy Billson (InoCardia) entitled “An In-Silico Method To Predict Cardiotoxicity In Botanical Substances”. This work is a pilot project, using a predictive model for cardiovascular liabilities with botanical constituents. On the webinar Jeremy…

BSC at the 33rd German Society for Environmental Mutation Research Meeting (GUM)

6 October 2022 The Botanical Safety Consortium is hosting a session at the 33rd German Society for Environmental Mutation Research Meeting (GUM). When: October 6th, 2022 4:15 – 5:45pm CET Session 5 iGUM & GUM – The HESI Botanical Safety Consortium’s genotoxicity testing framework – Various perspectives 4:15 – 4:40 Authorities: Kristine Witt (NIEHS, Washington, USA)…

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 can be viewed below and downloaded HERE. The meeting is free…

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…

BSC Webinar: An In-Silico Method To Predict Cardiotoxicity In Botanical Substances

29 November 2022 The HESI Botanical Safety Consortium will host a webinar on Tuesday November 29 at 11 am ET from Dr. Jeremy Billson (InoCardia) entitled “An In-Silico Method To Predict Cardiotoxicity In Botanical Substances”. This work is a pilot project, using a predictive model for cardiovascular liabilities with botanical constituents. On the webinar Jeremy…

BSC at the 33rd German Society for Environmental Mutation Research Meeting (GUM)

6 October 2022 The Botanical Safety Consortium is hosting a session at the 33rd German Society for Environmental Mutation Research Meeting (GUM). When: October 6th, 2022 4:15 – 5:45pm CET Session 5 iGUM & GUM – The HESI Botanical Safety Consortium’s genotoxicity testing framework – Various perspectives 4:15 – 4:40 Authorities: Kristine Witt (NIEHS, Washington, USA)…

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 can be viewed below and downloaded HERE. The meeting is free…

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

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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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…

FDA unveils Retail Program Standards and Botanical Safety Consortium

The FDA has issued the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards, which outlines an effective retail food regulatory programme, as well as the convening of the Botanical…

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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