GACP-Confirmation, Harvest Protocol, ID-Certification
Each project has different requirements on documentation. According to your demand, we assort together with our collectors/farmers a customized documentation.
For instance a GACP-Confirmation – GACP short for “Good Agricultural and Collection Practice”. The WHO developed this guideline for medicinal plants used as active pharmaceutical ingredients. It applies to cultivation, wild harvesting as well as initial processing steps like washing and drying. Besides quality control, this guideline should also support sustainable cultivation and collection and protect natural resources.
For the major part of our plants, we can guarantee full traceability. The goods can be detected at any time: when, where and by whom the goods are obtained, processed, stored and transported.
One further media to show transparency is the Harvest Protocol. It includes full information about botanical name, batch, part of the plant, plant origin (country, region, area). Further, it provides details about farming methods (chemical application, harvesting, cleaning, drying, storage etc.).
A further convenience is the ID-Certification. We work together with botanical institutes of local universities of the origin countries to identify the plant material. They have the expertise to definitely determine the species with microscopic and macroscopic methods.
The drying process is a critical issue in the further processing of medicinal plants. Temperature-sensitive ingredients can be damaged at this step. Mild drying techniques should preserve plant ingredients after harvest.
A refined possibility for this is the low temperature adsorption drying. The peculiarity of this process is that no high temperatures are required for the drying process. Thus the plant material is treated very gently. The moisture content of the dry air can be adjusted and regulated individually for the respective drying process. The continuous dehumidification ensures a constant quality of the material to be dried. We can offer this method only for certain pre-modalities, not every wild collection is given the opportunity for this drying.
The herbarium – classic or digital? On request, we offer a herbarium for almost the entire product line. The classic herbarium consists of pressed and dried plants, glued on a paper sheet. Complemented with the data from the harvesting protocol allows to compare plants of different origins and the species can be determined at any time by a botanist.
Alternatively, we also offer a digital herbarium. This is in many cases easier to handle and often provides more information and, above all, more conservable than the classic herbarium. In the digital version, our collector delivers photos of the plants and individual plant parts at the growing area and during different steps of processing. Therefore, you have the opportunity to view the plant in its natural habitat and get through the photo documentation a detailed picture of the harvest.
Since many plants are not commercially available, we search within our network for the raw material in certain countries and check the possibilities for collection. We organize the wild collection directly, without intermediate wholesalers. With our local partners, we investigate permissions, export and import modalities. Harvest and drying can be arranged according to your individual requirements.
Weather conditions, legal regulations and other circumstances necessitates it to find a second source in another country. The active ingredient profile can differ from country to country depending on weather and soil. We procure samples from different sources/countries and help you to find the perfect country or to improve cultivation conditions.
Benefit from our long-term experience and our widely spread network of farmers and collectors to search for the raw material you are looking for.
Your project needs industrial quantities? Contract cultivation may be the choice for you. Our possibilities reach from cultivation areas for non-commercial quantities to commercial bulk. Medicinal plants demand intensive management; the different species require their own distinct conditions of cultivation. We have a network of farmers, plant breeders and biologists with a lot of experience in cultivation of plants. With the expertise of our partners, we can offer test-cultivation of different plants under several conditions as well as establish alternative cultivation methods.
Of course, you receive a detailed documentation about the whole farming/cultivation process. Further, we have the possibility to optimize the content of ingredients. The drying with a low temperature absorption dryer can stabilize the ingredients after the harvest (learn more about this in the category “Low Temperature Adsorption Dryer”).
Nagoya Protocol is a legally binding international agreement with the title: “The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)”.
A genetic resource is any material of plant, animal, microbial or other origin that contains genetic information.
The Nagoya Protocol entered into force on 12 October 2014, with the aim to further substantiate the CBD’s ABS obligations.
ABS short for “access and benefit sharing” and means the access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits. The Protocol also strengthens the rights of indigenous and local communities concerning their traditional knowledge.
ABS Clearing-House is a website set up to provide information regarding the Nagoya Protocol and its regulations. There you can find the list of countries, that are part of the Nagoya Protocol, with all relevant information, like their national focal points, national legislative, administrative or policy measures and national reports of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
[Source: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN): www.abs.bfn.de]
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