Moderator: Heather Granato, Vice President - Content, Health & Nutrition Network, U.S.A.
Day 1: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Welcome - Opening remarks - Mr. Andrea Zangara, EUROMED, Spain
The Nature and Magnitude of the Adulteration Problem
Efforts to Prevent Adulteration and Fraud in Botanical Materials in the Global Market: An Update on the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program, Mr. Mark Blumenthal, ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program, U.S.A
Issues, Challenges and Instruments to Prevent Adulteration in Herbal Medicines - Introduction to Combined HPLC-DAD–MS, HPLC–MSn and NMR Spectroscopy for Quality Control of Medicinal Plant Extracts, Prof. Dr. Anna-Rita Bilia, University of Florence, Italy
Coffee/Tea Break and Networking
Adulteration of Botanicals in the EU as Food Fraud and as a Challenge for Risk Assessment
Adulteration of Botanicals and Food Fraud in the EU, TBC, European Commission
Adulteration of Botanicals and EFSA: the Experience We Have, and the Risk Assessment Tools, TBC
Roundtable: How Can We Tackle Effectively Adulteration of Natural Substances in Food and Supplements in the EU?
Lunch and Networking
The Response from Industry at the Global and EU Level: What can We Learn?
The Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program: Applications, Dr. Stefan Gafner, American Botanical Council, U.S.A
How the EU Botanicals Industry Views Adulteration and Works to Prevent Food Adulteration, Mr. Patrick Coppens, Food Supplements Europe, Belgium
Consumers and Regulators Require Quality Health Products: Preventing Adulterations with the EHPM Quality Model, Mr. Michel Horn, European Federation of Associations of Health Products Manufacturers, Belgium
Sourcing as a Potential Solution to Adulteration Issues (title TBC), Mr. Bauke van der Veen, EUROPAM - European Herbs Growers Association, the Netherlands
Trust in the Marketplace – A Trust Transparency Scorecard, Mr. Len Monheit, Trust Transparency Center, U.S.A.
Coffee/Tea Break and Networking
Tools in Member States and the Health implications of Adulteration of Botanicals
How the Belgian Experience with Botanicals Can Help Tackle Adulteration, Mr. Joris Geelen, Food Compliance International, Belgium
Health Implications: When Adulteration Becomes a Food Safety Issue, Dr. Luca Bucchini, Hylobates Consulting, Italy
End of Day 1
Day 2: Friday, November 30, 2018
Full Traceability, Analytical Control, DNA Testing and other Key Tools to Avoid and Prevent Adulteration and Fraud of Botanical Ingredients
Full Traceability, High Quality Production and Exhaustive Analytical Control - Industry's Key Tools to Avoid and Prevent Adulteration and Fraud of Botanical Ingredients, Mr. Agustin Villar & Ms. Anna Mulá, EUROMED, Spain
DNA Testing as a Preventive Tool, Prof. Dr. Johannes Novak, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
Coffee/Tea Break and Networking
Laboratory Tools to Prevent and Assess Adulteration of Botanicals, Mr. Julien Diaz, BotaniCert, France
Practice session: case studies: This session will walk participant through case-studies and hypothetical scenarios to discuss technical challenges, reputational issues and legal implications at various stages of adulteration incidents
  • Possible risks for patients’ health resulting from undeclared plants in herbal supplements, Prof. Dr. Anna-Rita Bilia, University of Florence, Italy
  • Adulteration of essential oils: cases, issues, challenges, solutions, Mr. Julien Diaz, BotaniCert, France
  • The Sudan Red scandal in spices: what it can teach to botanicals, Dr. Luca Bucchini, Hylobates, Italy
  • Others, TBC
End of program