Toxicology Forum 2023 Winter Meeting

23 January 2023 The HESI Botanical Safety Consortium will host an event titled “Advancement of Botanical Safety Using New Approach Methodologies” at the Toxicology Forum 2023 Winter Meeting on January 23, 2023 from 1pm – 3pm EST. Link to the full program here: https://toxforum.site-ym.com/page/2023WinterMeetingProgram

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…

Toxicology Forum 2023 Winter Meeting

23 January 2023 The HESI Botanical Safety Consortium will host an event titled “Advancement of Botanical Safety Using New Approach Methodologies” at the Toxicology Forum 2023 Winter Meeting on January 23, 2023 from 1pm – 3pm EST. Link to the full program here: https://toxforum.site-ym.com/page/2023WinterMeetingProgram

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…

BOTANICAL SAFETY CONSORTIUM

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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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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…

Botanical Safety Consortium Formally Convenes

Following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FDA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI),…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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