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Scientific Publications

Scientific Publications on Natural Products, including Food, Medicine and Dietary Supplements, with a focus on Quality Management Systems, including Good Agricultural, Collection and Manufacturing Practices:  (Scroll down to the bottom for NaturPro’s recent publications)

    1. A Field Guide to Herbal Dietary Supplements, AHPA-ERB Foundation,
    2. A Harvester’s Handbook to Wild Medicinal Plant Collection in Kosovo (2003). Lonner J. and Thomas M. Source:
    3. AHPA-AHP Good Agricultural and Collection Practice for Herbal Raw Materials, December 2006. (Updated draft 2016)
    4. AHPA Botanical Identity References Compendium,
    5. AHPA Guidance Policies,
    6. Aspects of sustainable wild plant collection (2012) Rodina K, WWF Hungary/TRAFFIC
    7. Biological Diversity Act 2002 (India)
    8. BRC’s Global Standard for Food Safety
    9. Canadian Herb, Spice and Natural Health Product Coalition (CHSNC) Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACP). Kehler C. Source:
    10. Canadian Horticultural Council OFFS (CanadaGAP)
    11. Code of Good Agricultural Practices of Georgia (2007). Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. Source:
    12. Code of hygienic practices for spices and dried aromatic herbs. (2014) Codex Alimentarius Commission, CAC/RCP 42-1995
    13. Codex Alimentarius Commission Recommended International Code of Practice – General Principles of Food Hygiene CAC/RCP1-1969, Rev. 4 -2003
    14. Current good manufacturing practice in manufacturing, packaging, labeling or holding operations for dietary supplements (21 CFR 111)
    15. Current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food (21 CFR 117)
    16. Development of a Good Agricultural Practice Approach. November 5, 2003. Source:
    17. Development of Good Wildcrafting Practices and Wildcrafter Certification for Medicinal Plants. (2006) Howe A. Source:
    18. Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database,
    19. Dietary Supplement Label Database,
    20. Dietary supplement laboratory quality assurance program: the first five exercises. Phillips MM, Rimmer CA, Wood LJ, Lippa KA, Sharpless KE, Duewer DL, Sander LC, Betz JM.  J AOAC Int 2011;94:803-14.
    21. Dietary Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN),
    22. EFSIS Safe & Legal:
    23. Ensuring the Compliance of Raw Herbal Materials stemmed from China with European Good Agricultural and Collection Practice. Philippe A. et al. Chinese Herbal Medicine, (2011) 3(4): 251-256
    24. FairWild Standard, Version 2.0 (2010).
    25. FairWild Standards Map. Source:
    26. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
    27. FDA Dietary Supplement Labeling Guide,
    28. Field Techniques Used by Missouri Botanical Garden. Compiled by R. Liesner with suggestions from MO staff and others. Source:
    29. GAP Production of TCM Herbs in China (2010) Zhang B. et al. Planta Med 2010 76:1948-1955
    30. General guidelines for good agricultural practices: spices. International Organisation of Spice Trade Associations (IOSTA) (2013). Source:
    31. Global GAP,
    32. Good Agricultural and Collection Practices – Guidelines for the cultivation and collection of herbal medicines. (2012) Republic of Kenya.
    33. Good agricultural and collection practices for medicinal plants: Illustrated booklet for farmers and collectors. Source:
    34. Good Agricultural and Wild Collection Practice (GACP) of Medicinal Plants in Europe, EUROPAM,( EHGA), c/o Veterinaerplatz, Vienna.
    35. Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) – Does It Ensure a Perfect Supply of Medicinal Herbs for Research and Drug Development? (2008) Leung PC and Cheng KF. Int J. App. Res. Nat. Prod. 1(2);1-8.
    36. Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices: Audit Verification Program. (2011) USDA Source:
    37. Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices: Risk Mitigation in Edible Horticultural Production Systems (2015) Urbanowitz S and Bishop C. Source:
    38. Good agricultural practices for Artemisia (2014) ICAR Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand, Gujarat, India. Source:
    39. Good Agricultural Practices for Chinese Crude Drugs (Interim) (2002). Source:
    40. Good Agricultural Practices for Medicinal Plants (2009) National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), Department of AYUSH, India and World Health Organization Source:
    41. Good Agricultural Practices for Plantago ovate Forsk. National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), Department of AYUSH, India and World Health Organization Source:
    42. Good agricultural practices for senna (2015) ICAR Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand, Gujarat, India. Source:
    43. Good agricultural practices for small diversified farms, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Source:
    44. Good agricultural practices for sustainable cocoa production: a guide for farmer training. Asare R and Sonii D. (2010) University of Copenhagen
    45. Good Practices for Plant Identification for the Herbal Industry (2004), Saskatchewan Herb and Spice Association, National Herb and Spice Coalition (Canada)
    46. Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA-SAFE)
    47. Guidance for Implementing the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP). (2008) Leaman and Cunningham.
    48. Guidance for Industry: Botanical Drug Products (2004) FDA.Source:
    49. Guidance Manual for Organic Collection of Wild Plants (2005) Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO).
    50. Guideline on good agricultural and collection practice (GACP) for starting materials of herbal origin. London, 20 February 2006. Doc. Ref. EMEA/HMPC/246816/2005 Source:
    51. Guidelines for cultivating cannabis for medicinal purposes (2003) Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics 3(2)
    52. Guidelines for good agricultural and hygiene practices for raw materials used for herbal and fruit infusions (GAHP). [Former EHIA Document], Version 6, 2014 Source:
    53. Guidelines for good agricultural and wild collection practices for medicinal and aromatic plants (2010). EUROPAM the European Herb Growers Association Brussels, November, 2010; EUROPAM GACP‐MAP 8.0
    54. Guidelines for identification and collection of medicinal plants in Bhutan. 2008.
    55. Guidelines for the Sustainable Harvesting of Traditional Medicinal Plants in Zimbabwe ( ). Khumalo SG, Frode A, Sola P. Research and Development Section Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE). Source:
    56. Hand book of domestic medicine and common Ayurvedic remedies. Source:
    57. Heavy metals: analysis and limits in herbal dietary supplements,
    58. Herbs of Commerce, American Herbal Products Association, Second Ed. (First Ed., 1992 available here: )
    59. In search of comprehensive standards for nontimber forest products in the botanicals trade. PIERCE, A.R. and S.A. LAIRD. (2003). International Forestry Review 5(2):138-147.
    60. International Labour Organization: Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact
    61. International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) (2007) Version 1.0 Source:
    62. ISO /TS 22003:2007 Food safety management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
    63. ISO 22000:2005 Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain
    64. ISO 9000:2005 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary
    65. ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements
    66. ISO/IEC 17000:2004 Conformity assessment – Vocabulary and general principles
    67. ISO/IEC 17011:2004 Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies
    68. ISO/IEC 17021:2006 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems
    69. ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems
    70. Legal and regulatory frameworks governing the growing, packing and handling of fresh produce in countries exporting to the U.S. (2010) Produce Safety Project, Pew Charitable Trust, Georgetown University. Source:
    71. National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles and Application Guidelines, August 1997.
    72. Office of Dietary Supplements, Background Information on Dietary Supplements,
    73. Pesticide Analytical Manual, Vol I, FDA. Source:
    74. Pesticide Analytical Manual, Vol II, FDA. Source:
    75. Pesticide chemicals in processed foods (21 CFR 170.19)
    76. Phytomedicine 101: plant taxonomy for preclinical and clinical medicinal plant researchers. Bennett, BC, Balick MJ.  J Soc Integr Oncol 2008;6:150-157.
    77. Quality assurance of cultivated and gathered medicinal plants. Mathe and Mathe, Source:
    78. Quality control methods for medicinal plant materials (1998) World Health Organization
    79. Recommendations for microbial limits in herbal products, American Herbal Products Association,
    80. Research and implementation of good agricultural practice for traditional Chinese medicinal materials in Jilin Province, China. (2014) Li C, Yan Z, Zhang L, Li Y. Ginseng Res. 38;227-232 Source:
    81. Safe Quality Food, Edition 7.0. (SQF 2000 Levels 1, 2 & 3)
    82. Selection and authentication of botanical materials for the development of analytical methods. Applequist WL, Miller JS.  Anal Bioanal Chem 2013;405):4419-28.
    83. Standard operating procedure for the collection and preparation of voucher plant specimens for use in the nutraceutical industry. Hildreth J, Hrabeta-Robinson E, Applequist W, Betz J, Miller J. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2007 Sep;389(1):13-7. Epub 2007 Jun 16.
    84. Standardization of herbal medicines – A review. Kunle O.F. et al, (2012) Int. J Biodiv and Conserv. 4(3) 101-112. Source:
    85. Suggested Good Agricultural and Collection Practices for North Carolina Medicinal Herbs (2016) Davis J. Source:
    86. Suggested guidelines for articles about botanical dietary supplements. Swanson CA. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75:8-10,
    87. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, 5 Volumes, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi, 1989-2005
    88. The Chinese Approach to Medicinal Plants – Their Utilization and Conservation. Pen-Gen X. (1991) In: Akerle, O., V. Heywood, and H. Synge (eds.). Conservation of Medicinal Plants. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
    89. The Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules (as amended up through 30 June 2005. New Delhi: Department of Health. 2005.Schedule T: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Medicines.
    90. The Global Food Safety Initiative: GFSI Guidance Document, 6th Version 6.3
    91. The Indian Forest Act, India, 1927
    92. The NIH analytical methods and reference materials program for dietary supplements. Betz JM., Fisher KD., Saldanha LG, Coates PM.  Anal Bioanal Chem 2007; 389:19-25.
    93. The Siddha Pharmacopoeia of India, Part I(1), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 
 of India, New Delhi, 2007
    94. The Unani Pharmacopoeia of India, Part-I, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi
    95. Trainer’s manual on good agricultural and collection practices for medicinal plants: Source:
    96. U.S. Customs & Border Protection, (C-TPAT)
    97. USDA (National Organic Program),
    98. USP Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance,
    99. USP <2750> Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements.
    1. USP <467> Residual Solvents
    2. USP <561> Articles of Botanical Origin
    3. Voluntary Sustainability Standards (Draft), United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards Source:
    4. WHO guidelines on good agricultural and collection practices (GACP) for medicinal plants (2003). Source:
    5. WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005. World Health Organization, Geneva.
    6. Wild Life (Protection) Act, India, 1972


NaturPro Recent Publications

  1. Determination of ethanol in kombucha products: single laboratory validation, Ebersole B, Eckert M, Schmidt R, Chan M, Brown P. February 2017, Journal of AOAC, 
  2. Poster Presentation, Single Laboratory Validation of Ethanol in Kombucha by Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection. Ebersole, B. AOAC International Annual Meeting, September 2016.
  3. Poster Presentation, Ethanol analysis of kombucha products with gas chromatography. Ebersole B, Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, 2016.
  4. Article, “Two Identity Testing Requirements: References and Rigor”, Natural Products Insider, October 2016
  5. Article, “New Omega-3 Technologies Emerging”, Natural Products Insider, October 2016
  6. Article, “Probiotic Questions from the Gut,” Natural Products Insider, May/June 2016
  7. Article, “Modernization of the Supplement Industry”, Natural Products Insider, January 2016
  8. Article, “Eight Steps to Developing Research Relationships”,  Natural Products Insider, December 2015
  9. Article, “Supplier Verification Key to New Rules,”  Natural Products Insider, December 2015
  10. Article, “Where the Cannabis Market is Going”, Natural Products Insider, October 2015
  11. Article,  “Dosing and Quality Obstacles to Cannabis Adoption”, Supplement Perspectives, October 2015
  12. Article, “Welcome to the Gut Jungle”, Natural Products Insider, August 2015
  13. Article, “How to Design a Clinical Study”, Supplement Perspectives, June 2015
  14. Article, “Best Way to My Heart? Through the Gut”, Natural Products Insider, June 2015
  15. Article, “Immunity and Inflammation: Inseparable”, Supplement Perspectives, June 2015
  16. Article, “Capsaicin and Cannabis: The Hot and Cool of Joint Care”, Supplement Perspectives, April 2015
  17. Presentation, “Identity Testing and Method Validation for Botanicals”, Supplyside West, October 5, 2016.
  18. Presentation, “Emerging Regulatory and Labeling Issues for Dietary Supplements and Foods”, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M University, September 5, 2016.