IADSA gave notice of its support in a letter from Executive Director Simon Pettman to Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC) and general manager of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program.
In this letter Mr. Pettman said of the decision, “…IADSA is constantly seeking ways in which to improve standards within the global industry and demonstrate that dietary supplements are a category of products that deserve the trust of decision-makers in government. We consider that your program will help us move forward on both these objectives and in time will provide real consumer benefits.”
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program is a coalition of three American non-profit groups: ABC, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), with more than 130 other American and international parties supporting and cooperating with the program.
“The endorsement of our program by IADSA signifies not only the global nature of the problem of adulteration in the botanical supply chain, but also represents the concerns of many responsible, forward-thinking members of the herb and dietary supplement industry in 33 countries regarding this significant problem, and their confidence in and cooperation with the educational work we are doing,” said Mr. Blumenthal. “IADSA’s involvement constitutes a quantum leap in the program’s level of activity.”