Herbal raw material identity
The best solution to ensure the botanical identity and quality of quantified Reference Extracts was to create a garden run by our laboratory. Most qRE are manufactured from plant specimens cultivated in-house.
All raw material undergoes a two-step verification procedure carried out by the laboratory’s botanist, using contemporary Floras and our internal monographs:
- Species authentication of each new batch of cultivated plants at flowering time
- The raw material (leaves, roots, flowering tops, seeds etc) used for manufacturing qRE is checked using our internal monographs on arrival at the production unit.
Raw material for qRE manufactured from tropical or arctic plants, provided and certified by professional partners, is authenticated upon receipt.
A specimen of each plant, collected at flowering time, is kept at the laboratory’s ever-growing herbarium as the species’ reference.
The time of harvesting the relevant plant parts is based on the traditional information available about the medicinal plant species: the right season as well as other data like shape, size, color etc.
All data related to cultivation, harvesting and authentification processes is recorded.
Pictures of our botanical garden’s plants were used to illustrate this site.