Euromed Upcoming Events

Economic Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients

Sunday, September 1, 2019 09:00 – 17:00, CCB (University of Innsbruck)

Economic Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients: What Do We Know, and How Can We Solve it?

Following the great success of last year’s workshop Adulteration and Fraud of Botanical and Natural Health Ingredients, Euromed S.A. ( in cooperation with American Botanical Council (, Hylobates Consulting (, Extrasynthèse ( and Botanicert (, extends an invitation to the second chapter, with expert presentations from world renowned speakers and a panel discussion.

Euromed is once again joining the American Botanical Council (ABC) and the other partners to organise a symposium looking at how best to tackle adulteration of botanical ingredients. The event will be hosted within the prestigious 67th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) on 1 September 2019 in Innsbruck, Austria. Entitled Economic Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients, the symposium promises participants a diversified programme, with expert lectures on the different aspects of botanical adulteration and fraud, case studies exploring the health risks associated with counterfeit ingredients, the role of sourcing, as well as prevention tools for the industry and propositions for risk-reduction and better quality control.

Main Topics

  • Adulteration and fraud in botanicals: Processes and detection
  • The role of sourcing/vertical Integration
  • DNA-based methods for authenticity testing
  • Adulteration and regulations
  • Market perspective

Workshop Objectives

  • Obtain insights into the problem and what is being done globally to prevent adulteration
  • Hear the views and plans of risk assessors
  • Identify tools and practices for prevention
  • Learn through case studies about health risks, and impacts of natural ingredient fraud
  • Participate in a panel discussion with experts to develop a consensus statement

Adulteration of natural health ingredients is a concern for global industry stakeholders, risk assessors and consumers alike. Despite strict regulations for herbal medicines in the EU, many products that contain botanicals – particularly those sold as food supplements – have reportedly been diluted or substituted with undeclared lower-cost ingredients. Recent controversial curcumin case from Italy, suggests that safety is still a major and not fully addressed concern, as well as contamination and labelling issues in dietary supplements and foods, as Austrian, German and Irish authorities recently reported.

The symposium is a continuation of a very successful 2 days’ workshop on adulteration in health ingredients, held in November 2018 in Frankfurt within the Health & Nutrition Week, and will again bring together representatives from science, industry and public sector. Expert speakers include Anna-Rita Bilia Professor at the University of Florence and GA Director; Mark Blumenthal, founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC); Luca
Bucchini, Managing Director of Hylobates Consulting, Roy Upton, founder of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, René De Vaumas, President of Extrasynthèse, Anna Mulà, Head of Quality Unit at Euromed, Stefan Gafner, Chief Science Officer of ABC, Débora Frommenwiler, Scientist at CAMAG AG, S, Julien Diaz, Quality control Manager, Botanicert, Gianluca Sabatino, Specialist at Europol, and Rudolph Bauer, Professor at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

As an herbal ingredient’s supplier, quality management, traceability and supply chain controls are key to Euromed. Andrea Zangara, the company’s Scientific Marketing Manager and conceiver of the event, explains: “Counterfeit products continue to present a significant challenge to the industry, but more importantly, they put the health of consumers at risk. To continue supporting the fight against botanical adulteration and fraud, Euromed and the ABC,
with the cooperation of Hylobates, Extrasynthèse and Botanicert, have organised this important symposium to provide further and novel information into the problem and identify tools and practices for prevention.”

A roundtable discussion will conclude the workshop, with the aim of developing a consensus statement. Important insights will be provided by the US education initiatives by the nonprofit ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP).

Breaks during the programme will provide the opportunity for professional and personal networking. The event will be held at the University of Innsbruck’s Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine.

The pre-congress symposium can be booked alone or in addition to the main congress, which runs until 5 September, via the following link:



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