American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists
5112 Wilshire Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists
Presented a Compliance Through Education:
Thin Layer Chromatography for Plant Drugs
Part of the AAHP's continuing commitment to Compliance Through Education, this April 2001 seminar provided an in-depth understanding of Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) principals and techniques. This course helped pharmacies and manufactures to meet the HPUS testing provisions for homeopathic tinctures and included two half day hands-on workshops. Attendees received a certificate of completion endorsed by the Homeopathic Pharmacopia Convention of the United States (HPCUS).
Over 50% of the homeopathic medicines monographed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) are manufactured from botanicals, making the proper identification of botanical materials critical in the quality control process. While macroscopic and microscopic identification of the botanical is the subjective standard for the industry, the objective data generated by the use of Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) to "fingerprint" the botanical components extracted into the homeopathic mother tincture made from these botanicals is crucial.
With the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (HPCUS) currently publishing new TLC Specifications for an increasing number of homeopathic medicines in each new revision of the HPUS, TLC identification of all botanically derived homeopathic medicines is a growing quality control requirement in order to manufacture in accordance with HPUS.
This Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) program was developed by the AAHP with Dr. Sidney Sudberg, [A.H.G., D.C., L. Ac, Director of Phytochemistry, Alkemist Pharmaceuticals] who taught the couse, to assist its members and affiliates in complying with these growing TLC requirements. The seminar provided an in-depth review of the basics of TLC preparation, development and visualization for those who have been away from TLC, this program also discussed the advanced topics of Quantitative TLC, Reverse Phase TLC, High Performance TLC and TLC database management.