Dr. Maged Sharaf
Chief Science Officer
Maged Sharaf, Ph.D., M.Sc., B. Pharm. is Chief Science Officer at the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) where his duties include helping to set quality standards for the botanical products industry and providing guidance and advice to AHPA member companies, related organizations, government agencies, scientific publications, and the popular press.
Before joining the American Herbal Products Association, Dr. Sharaf spent 15 years with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) assuming several responsibilities including: director, Foods, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines; principal scientific liaison and senior scientific liaison (botanicals), Standards Development; manager analytical services and scientist, Verification Programs; coordinator, Quality Control Laboratory; and chemist IV-project leader, Research and Development Laboratory.
During his tenure at USP, he directed and coordinated the activities of a cross-functional team leading to the launch of the Herbal Medicines Compendium , a resource of public standards for herbal ingredients used in traditional and herbal medicines. He co-developed the Dietary Supplements Compendium, a resource of public standards and guidelines for the dietary supplement industry. He developed botanical standards for inclusion in the United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary (USP-NF). He participated in building the Dietary Supplement Verification Program, as a public health program, and the Dietary Ingredient Verification Program as a support program for the dietary supplement industry. Dr. Sharaf collaborated with experts from around the world representing governments, academia, pharmacopeias, research institutes, industry, and industry/trade associations.
Before USP, Dr. Sharaf taught undergraduate and graduate courses in pharmacognosy, and pharmaceutical sciences. He has preceding experience conducting bioanalytical assay development and validation, and human bioequivalence studies in support of the pharmaceutical industry; quality control testing of finished dosage forms; dosage forms manufacturing; and retail pharmacy.
Dr. Sharaf earned his Ph.D. in pharmacognosy from the School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh; a master of sciences in pharmacognosy from Al-Azhar University, Egypt; and a bachelor in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences from Cairo University, Egypt.
Dr. Sharaf co-authored several scientific publications, is an invited speaker, and a reviewer for a number of scientific journals. He is a member of the Egyptian Association of Pharmacists, American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), ASP Constitution and By-Laws Committee, American Chemical Society, AOAC International, and Washington Chromatography Discussion Group. He is a council member of the Specialty Committee of Traditional Chinese Medicines–Pharmaceutical Analysis, World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies; advisory board member, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Dietary Supplement Quality Assurance Program (DSQAP); scientific advisor, American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP); member, USP Nomenclature and Labeling Expert Committee; advisory panel member, AOAC International Stakeholder Panel for Dietary Supplements; and a founding, advisory board member, chair Method Review Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography.