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National Toxicology Program

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UPDATE NewsletterUPDATE NewsletterMay 2020

Botanical Safety Consortium to hold first meeting in May

The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC), a collaborative forum by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), will hold its first annual meeting on May 29, 2020. Objectives of the meeting include recruiting new members and soliciting input into current scientific challenges and opportunities related to botanical ingredient safety. The virtual meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST.

Looking to address concerns about the safety of botanicals, the BSC hopes to draw scientists from government, academia, consumer health groups, industry, and nonprofit organizations from around the world to work collaboratively on challenges for understanding the safety of botanical dietary ingredients. Together, they aim to provide a forum that fosters a sound scientific basis for integrating existing safety data and the latest toxicology tools into the evaluation of botanical dietary supplements.

The BSC was officially convened in November 2019 through a memorandum of understanding between the FDA, NIEHS, and HESI. For additional information about the Botanical Safety Consortium, including how to join, contact HESI at For more information on how to register for the May virtual meeting, visit The meeting will be recorded.

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Director of Office of Liaison, Policy, and Review and Editor-in-Chief: Mary Wolfe | Managing Editor: Anna Lee Mosley