BAPP announced yesterday that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the International Association for the Advancement of High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC Association). The MOU means that with the click of a link on the BAPP website, interested parties can access 285 validated methods for the identification of herbal ingredients.
BAPP is a cooperative enterprise between the American Botanical Council, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi.
The HPTLC association, founded in 2012, is based in Rheinfelden, Switzerland. Stefan Gafner, PhD, Technical Director of BAPP and Scientific Director of AMC, said the organization is the brainchild of German analytical device manufacturer CAMAG. The association now has more than 100 members from 18 countries.
The effort brings together researchers from academia, industry, research, regulatory and standardization bodies, and contributes to improving the quality and quality control of traditional herbal medicines and herbal food supplements. The association’s goals include the development and validation of analytical standards for commercially-sold plants and plant material and their known adulterants, and to serve as the world’s leading resource for scientifically sound information on HPTLC.
âThese are generally accepted methods for identifying these herbal ingredients. This is where BAPP aligns very well, as these methods can be used to identify many important ingredients in the industry â,Gafner told NutraIngredients-USA.
While it has been possible to find and use the methods before, Gafner said the new MoU will increase their awareness for the public that BAPP reaches.
“The objective is to improve the visibility of the HPTLC association among people in the industry”,said Gafner.
Gafner said the MOU is a collaboration that has been building for a number of years. The HPTLC combination methods have been referenced several times in the BAPP series of laboratory guidance documents, he said.
Atlas of herbal ingredients
According to ABC, one of the most useful resources offered by the HPTLC Association is its HPTLC Atlas (called âThe International Atlas for Identification of Herbal Drugsâ on the HPTLC Association website). This is an online compendium of HPTLC fingerprints of the same plant species collected from many places around the world that can help laboratory analysts compare the chemical variability of plants from different geographic areas.
The Atlas also provides chemical fingerprints from known confounding substances (sometimes used as adulterants) that will be useful to quality control personnel involved in the manufacture of botanical ingredients. The Atlas can also be a resource for laboratory analysts in academic research and government regulators.
“We are deeply grateful for this excellent collaboration with our friends at the HPTLC Association who have generously made their high quality analytical resources available to botanical ingredient quality control staff on an international basis.”said Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director of ABC and Director of BAPP. “The wide range of HPTLC fingerprints will undoubtedly help members of the botanical industry globally to ensure that plant materials proposed for use as ingredients in consumer botanical health products are genuine and free of. Undisclosed adulterants that are sometimes added to botanical ingredients by unscrupulous producers and sellers of fraudulent material.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
Roy Upton, AHP President, expressed strong support for HPTLC as an important analytical method for botanical materials: âWe are pleased to present the contributions of the HPTLC association intended to assist AHP members in their herbal authentication work. AHP was a founding member of the HPTLC association and supported the development of many methods featured in the association’s method collection.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.