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

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

Adulteration and fraud of natural ingredients added to foods are global concerns for stakeholders, for industry, for risk assessors and risk managers, and for EU consumers. Despite strict regulations for herbal medicines in the EU, many herbal products with botanicals, particularly those sold as food supplements, have been reportedly diluted or substituted with undeclared lower-cost ingredients. This workshop is a continuation of the initial workshop on adulteration in botanical health ingredients in November 2018, bringing together representatives from academia, industry, and government. What is the EU industry doing about it? What are the plans of regulators? What lessons can be learnt and tools used from leading experts? How can adulteration and fraud be prevented? And what happens when it is discovered?

Main Topics

  • Adulteration and fraud in botanicals: Processes and detection
  • The role of sourcing/vertical Integration
  • Adulteration and fraud in food
  • 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 regulators and 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

Partial List of Confirmed Speakers

  • Rudolf Bauer, University of Graz
  • Anna-Rita Bilia, University of Florence
  • Mark Blumenthal, American Botanical Council
  • Luca Bucchini, Hylobates Consulting
  • Patrick Coppens, Food Supplements Europe, TBD
  • Julien Diaz, Botanicert
  • Débora Frommenwiler, Camag AG
  • Stefan Gafner, American Botanical Council
  • Anna Mulá, Euromed
  • Gianluca Sabatino, Eoropol, TBD
  • Roy Upton, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
  • René de Vaumas, Extrasynthèse


The breaks will provide the opportunity for professional, scientific and personal networking. The Pre-Congress Symposium can be booked alone or in addition to the main congress:


Registration fees


Early Bird Fee

by May 19

Standard Fee

By July 31

Late Fee

from August 1

Combined Registration: Full conference & Pre-Congress Symposium on Economic Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients and Herbal Medicines


€ 620.-

€ 670.-

€ 770.-


€ 720.-

€ 770.-

€ 870.-

Student Member**

€ 370.-

€ 410.-

€ 500.-

Students Non-Member**

€ 445.-

€ 485.-

€ 575.-

Pre-Congress Symposia only:


€ 100.-

€ 100.-

€ 150.-


€ 25.-

€ 25.-

€ 50.-




Morning session
Chair: Luca Bucchini

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome (Andrea Zangara)

09:10 – 09:40

Mark Blumenthal (American Botanical Council)
Preventing adulteration and fraud in botanical ingredients in the international marketplace: The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

09.40 – 10.10

Anna-Rita Bilia (University of Florence)
Combining analytical tools to identify adulteration: some practical examples

10.10 – 10.30

Roy Upton (American Herbal Pharmacopoeia)
Authenticity versus botanical specificity: The use of interchangeable species

10.30 – 11.00

Morning break

11.00 – 11.30

Débora Frommenwiler (Camag)
The truth behind herbal products: How can HPTLC help the herbal industry to detect adulteration?

11.30 – 12.00

Barry Traband (Amway/Food Supplements Europe)
Best practices from industry to tackle botanical adulteration

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch break


Afternoon session
Chair: Mark Blumenthal

13.00 – 13.30

Rien van Diesen (Europol)
Europol and the fight against food fraud

13.30 – 13.50

Stefan Gafner (American Botanical Council)
How some suppliers attempt to fool commonly used analytical methods

13.50 – 14.10

Luca Bucchini (Hylobates Consulting)
The 2019 curcumin crisis in Italy: what we know so far, and early lessons

14.10 – 14.30

Anna Mulá (Euromed)
Authentic and non-adulterated botanical ingredients in an unethical market situation. Full traceability, high quality production and exhaustive analytical control

14.30 – 15.00

Afternoon break

15.00 – 15.20

Julien Diaz (Botanicert)
Phytochemical data mining for plant identification and risk assessment

15.20 – 15.40

René de Vaumas (Extrasynthèse)
Reference materials for quality assessment 

15.40 – 16.00

Rudolf Bauer (University of Graz) 
How to compete with adulterations in Chinese medicine

16.00 – 17.00

Roundtable discussion












Organizing Society   

Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural
Product Research (GA)

Local Organizers   

Prof. Dr. Hermann Stuppner
Institute of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacognosy
University of Innsbruck, Austria

Congress Organizers

PCO Tyrol Congress
Congress und Messe Innsbruck GmbH
Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
T: +43 (0)512 575600

Exhibition and sponsorship

S12! Studio 12 GmbH
Kaiser Josef Straße 9, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
T: +43 (0)512 890438

Conference Venue   

Main conference
Congress Innsbruck
Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Pre-Symposia and Workshops
University of Innsbruck
Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine
Innrain 80 – 82, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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