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Learn what factors to consider before selecting a contract lab and and how to get your testing completed correctly

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Learn what factors to consider before selecting a contract lab and and how to get your testing completed correctly

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Selecting a contract analytical laboratory to verify the authenticity and quality of raw materials and finished products can be tricky. All labs are not created equal. Contract labs provide an extensive range of testing services and manufacturers should begin the selection process by identifying their particular needs and matching them with a lab that specializes in the appropriate methods. Learn how to choose the best fit for purpose lab testing and how to get your lab work completed correctly.

Gain valuable insights from an industry legal expert, a leading industry laboratory and companies that regularly use contract laboratories.

Event Details

Date and Time: 

May 18, 2016 -- Duration: 2 hours

$199 (AHPA Members)
$399 (Non-Members)


  • Video recording of live event
  • Presenter slides
  • Handouts
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  • How should a lab and company work together to ensure effective outcomes?
  • What questions should you ask prospective labs before contracting with them?
  • What cGMP requires and does NOT require when it comes to testing?
  • What documentation is needed?
  • Strategies to eliminate miscommunication and ensure transparency
  • What is fit for purpose testing and why is it significant?
  • How to interpret and use lab results
  • Strategies for evaluating testing costs and cost estimates
  • What to do if lab testing results don't meet specifications or other testing results
  • What factors should be considered before testing a complex blend of herbs in a product
  • What is a quality agreement, how should it be used and what are its limitations
  • Benefits and drawbacks of in-house testing versus contract lab testing
  • What to do when a lab updates or changes its testing method
  • How to determine if a lab is qualified to perform testing
  • Importance of controlling label claims

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  • Information on adverse events reported in clinical trials or case reports 
  • Safety-related pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of each herb
  • Additional information on the use of herbs by pregnant or lactating women 
  • Toxicological studies and data on toxic compounds 
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The book is available in hardback print and online formats. Both versions contain the same information, but the online version, which is optimized for smartphones and tablets, has several additional attributes. Some of these relate to its operation, as it allows subscribers to search for keywords and botanical names and easily access the information they use most by saving personalized lists of entries. Perhaps more importantly, the online version will be updated regularly with new research, and subscribers will be notified of updates to provide immediate access to the most current information. The standard retail cost for either version is $119.95 (one-time cost in print; a renewable annual subscription online). We are discounting the cost for our members and would be happy to offer a discount to other organizations. A free preview of several entries are available online:

Subscribe to the online version or purchase a hardcover copy today. AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition  Print Version: 1,042 pages, revised edition published in 2013 AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition Online

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Non-member annual subscription: $119.00 Discounts available for multiple user subscriptions.

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