Good Agricultural, Collection and Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials

Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices (GACP-GMP) for botanical materials

Botanical agricultural, collection and manufacturing practices have wide-ranging impacts on product quality, native and regional communities and the environment. AHPA's Guidance on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials provides a template for small and large growers, harvesters, and processors to implement and document best practices. The guidance and accompanying assessment tools help the industry 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.

GACP-GMP Guidance & Combined Assessment Tools

GACP-GMP Individual Assessment Tools

Educational Tools


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AHPA releases Spanish language educational materials for prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination

September 2021: New educational materials provide a brief overview of the topic of PA containing weeds that are common in many agricultural areas

AHPA has published Spanish language versions of educational resources that finished product marketers and botanical ingredient companies can provide to their supply chains to help educate farm managers and workers about best practices for avoidance of pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA) contamination.

AHPA publishes educational materials for prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination

August 2021: Educational Tools can be downloaded from AHPA Website

In addition to the recent update to the AHPA guidance on Good agricultural and collection practices and good manufacturing practices for botanical materials (AHPA GACP-GMP) addressing prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA) contamination, AHPA has developed educational resources that finished product marketers and botanical ingredient companies can provide to their supply chains to help educate farm managers and workers about best practices for avoidance of PA contamination.

AHPA Board of Trustees approves two new guidance resources for the hemp industry

July 2021: Latest guidance documents developed by AHPA’s Cannabis Committee

The AHPA Board of Trustees approved two new guidance resources for the hemp industry during its meeting on Tuesday June 29, 2021. The resources are the latest guidance documents developed by AHPA’s Cannabis Committee, which was formed in 2010 to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species, including products derived from hemp as legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

AHPA updates GACP-GMP guidance to include new appendix on prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination

Update replaces the 2017 version of the document

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has updated its guidance document “Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials” (AHPA GACP-GMP) to include a new appendix addressing prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination.

GACP-GMP Definitions and Appendices

Definitions of various terms used in the GACP-GMP guidance

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 10: Recommendations for Dietary Ingredient Processors. Supporting information for specific elements can be attached to this form.

Section 2: Botanical Identity and Quality Assessment Tool

All steps in the production of a botanical material must be performed properly to ensure the quality of the finished material

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 2: Botanical Identity and Quality,

Section 8: Further Processing Assessment Tool

After being cleaned and often dried, botanical material may be subject to additional processing such as size reduction or extraction

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 8: Further Processing and Handling

Section 6: Harvest Assessment Tool

Harvest timing, weather conditions, handling of the harvested material, and other factors must be carefully considered

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 6: Harvest of Cultivated and Wild Collected Plant

Section 5: General Farm Standards Assessment Tool

Guidelines in this section are intended to apply to farms (including wild collectors) that are not subject to 21 CFR Part 112 and are less strict

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 5: General Farm Standards

Section 4: Wild Collection Assessment Tool

Consideration of relevant factors will help ensure wild collection operations yield properly identified botanicals materials of the desired quality in a sustainable manner

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 4: Wild Collection
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