Botanicals Identification and Testing Course

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About This Course

This training provides an overview of the guidance on testing methodology, specifications and ingredient identification for botanicals. Combining extensive industry experience and real-world case studies with flexible and convenient training, participants in NSF’s botanical identification and testing course will:

  • Identify botanical unknowns
  • Investigate the characterization of botanicals
  • Differentiate between natural and adulterated botanicals
  • Review organoleptic characterization
  • Learn how high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) can be used for testing adulterated botanical identification
  • Make sense of complex steps to ensure testing methods are scientifically valid for species identification

Botanical Identification - Methods in Chemistry

In this section, you will learn about:

  • Adulteration in botanicals
  • Complexity within botanicals
  • Variations
  • Reference materials
  • Evaluation tools
  • Spectroscopic techniques
  • Chromatographic techniques
  • Spectrometric techniques
  • Spectroscopic techniques
  • Genomic techniques

Botanical Identification - Macroscopic, Microscopic and Organoleptic Techniques

In this section, you will learn about:

  • Herbs in supplements
  • Brief overview of Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing for Botanical Materials
  • Specifications
  • 21 CFR Part 111
    • Subpart E 111.70 Establishment of specification for identity, purity, strengths and composition
    • Subpart J 111:320 Requirements for laboratory methods for testing and examination
    • Subpart E 111.75 Meeting specifications/test methods
  • Selecting scientifically valid methods
  • Botanical identification, adulteration
  • Review organoleptic characterization