January 21, 2009 — The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is pleased to announce the publication of its newest white paper, “Heavy metal analysis and interim recommended limits for botanical dietary supplements,” which provides the industry with information critical to successful compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).
AHPA’s white paper presents the association’s proposed interim limits for lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic, which were announced in October 2008, with accompanying explanations as to how these limits were determined. Additionally, the document addresses:
• Regulations concerning lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic in products sold in the U.S.
• Daily limits set for these chemicals by U.S. and international regulatory agencies.
• Available analytical methods for measuring heavy metals.
• How to determine which analytical methods are most suitable for dietary supplements.
• selecting a contract lab that can properly conduct heavy metal testing
“Heavy metal analysis and interim recommended limits for botanical dietary supplements” is available for purchase by non-members at AHPA’s online bookstore.
Source: American Herbal Products Association, www.ahpa.org