Dear UNPA Colleagues --
I received the attached e-mail from Michael McGuffin, our colleague at AHPA, both informing of AHPA's expanded efforts to issue a GACP guidance and asking UNPA to consider endorsement of this document.
Michael and I have spoken and agreed the best way to proceed is to organize a member call for Michael to review the document, followed by an internal member discussion to inform AHPA of our position on a possible UNPA endorsement of the GACP document.
We have scheduled a conference call on November 9 at 2:00 MT. We will use the usual UNPA conference call line:
We invite any members with interest in supply chain management, good agricultural practice, and general GMPs to join the call.
It is part of UNPA's mission to support industry initiatives that advance our goals of safety, science & quality, and we look forward to Michael's review of the document to allow us further internal discussion and decision on this matter.
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From: Michael McGuffin <MMcguffin@ahpa.org>
Date: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:49 PM
Subject: AHPA GACP-GMP / Request for endorsement
To: Loren Israelsen <email@example.com>
Cc: Frank Lampe <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jane Wilson <email@example.com>
As you are aware, dietary supplement industry associations are proactively undertaking self-regulation initiatives aimed at enhancing consumer confidence in the quality and safety of supplement products. In keeping with the aims of these initiatives, in March 2017 AHPA released its Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials document (GACP-GMP) and recently made public a GACP-GMP assessment program for utilization by companies who source herbal ingredients at all points in the supply chain.
Expanding from an effort to update AHPA’s GACP guidance first issued in 2006, the GACP-GMP document modernizes the GACP practices and is now paired with guidance on the post-handling and processing practices for botanical materials that can impact compliance with the good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) enforced by FDA. The freely available AHPA guidance and assessment tools provide a framework that growers, harvesters, and processors can adapt to their operations to ensure that herbal raw materials used in consumer products are accurately identified, not adulterated with contaminants that may present a public health risk, and fully conform to all quality characteristics for which they are represented.
The GACP-GMP assessment program includes nine checklists that cover an array of botanical growing and processing operations, from assessing botanical identity and quality to cultivation, harvest, and post-harvest handling. A guide is also provided to help companies identify the sections of the GACP-GMP document that are relevant to the scope of their specific botanical operations.
Companies can use the assessment tools to document adoption of relevant GACP-GMP practices by their suppliers and to identify and document quality practices in their supply chain relevant to botanical materials. Implementation also encourages adoption of a common set of best practices across suppliers.
I am writing to request UNPA to consider a formal public endorsement of the AHPA Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials document (GACP-GMP), as well as the related assessment program. These materials can be accessed by interested UNPA members here on the AHPA website. AHPA welcomes UNPA members to utilize these GACP-GMP resources as appropriate in support of our common interest in facilitating the industry’s continued commitment to quality across the range of herbal supplement products.
Please let me or Jane Wilson know if you need any additional information on this AHPA program, and thanks in advance for your consideration of endorsing the AHPA GACP-GMP document and its associated assessment program.
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