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The AAMPS-African herbal pharmacopoeia.

AAMPS, the African Association of Medicinal Plant Standards, is proud to announce that its greatest achievement to date--the AAMPS-African Herbal Pharmacopoeia--is ready for publication. After nearly 3 years of research involving five African and European universities and 17 researchers from 12 countries, the AAMPS-African Herbal Pharmacopoeia will mark a historic moment for the scientific world involved in African medicinal plants. The authors, AAMPS, are a trade association, which includes many of Africa's leading scientists and organizations. Indispensable for industry, science and research the AAMPS-African Herbal Pharmacopoeia will be the most up-to-date and extensive publication on the uses, quality, safety and efficacy of 52 of Africa's most important medicinal plants. This project has received generous financial support from the EU-ACP Centre for Development of Enterprise and PRO INVEST.

Each of the 52 monographs will provide comprehensive and updated botanical, phytochemical and commercial information on the individual species, which were selected on the basis of a systematic review of published and unpublished literature. Extensive consultation across the continent involved leading African scientists and international experts and ensured a maximum of diversity in input and data collection. Plant samples were subjected to state-of-the-art phytochemical analysis and fingerprinting. Each profile contains information and technical data required by collectors, practitioners, traders, producers and researchers in medicinal plants and extracts. The scope and quality of the monographs are on a par and, in some cases, superior to those prepared in Europe, North America, China and Japan. Moreover, they represent a living database, whereby information is constantly being updated and expanded via the AAMPS website (

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Title Annotation:news; African Association of Medicinal Plant Standards
Publication:Nutraceutical Business & Technology
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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