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Discover how the Botanical Adulteration Prevention Program (BAPP) provides peer-reviewed, educational tools to combat adulteration [video]

Video-Discover how the Botanical Adulteration Prevention Program (BAPP) provides peer-reviewed, educational tools to combat adulteration [video]

Three subject matter experts provide an overview of the BAPP origins, its educational work on adulteration, and most recently, a self-regulatory process and solution to remove adulterated or contaminated ingredients from the global supply chain.

The non-profit ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) consists of the American Botanical Council (ABC), American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP), and the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR). 

Learn more and download freely available BAPP resources:

Catch up on this session on the video below:


Stefan Gafner, Phd
Chief Science Officer
American Botanical Council

In addition to his role as CSO, Stefan is also technical director of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, a large-scale collaborative program initiated by the American Botanical Council (ABC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), and the National Center for Natural Product Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi to educate members of the herbal and dietary supplement industry about ingredient and product adulteration. Prior to working for ABC, Gafner served as a Director of Analytical Chemistry in the R&D department of natural personal care products company Tom’s of Maine.

Mark Blumenthal
Founder and Executive Director
American Botanical Council

Mark is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of HerbalGram, ABC’s international peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years, he served as an adjunct associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching the course “Herbs and Phytomedicines in Today’s Pharmacy.” He is also the founder and director of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program, He is the senior editor of The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines, a 715-page reference book rated second of all medical books published in 1998.

Michael Levin
Health Business Strategies LLC

Michael specializes in quality assurance and regulatory compliance of natural medicines. Clients of his consulting practice have included hospital systems, dietary supplement companies, group purchasing organizations, attorneys, venture capitalists, and others in the US and abroad. He is the primary author of the “BAPP Best Practices Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Disposal/Destruction of Irreparably Defective Articles.” Michael left his 23-year career in pharma to join the natural products industry in C-level positions in dietary supplements and dietary ingredient firms. His consulting projects included the creation of the first hospital-based Dietary Supplement Formulary Committee in North America at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.