Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices

Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices

AHPA's Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices white paper is a free resource to help acupuncturists, herbalists, naturopaths and other adequately trained professionals use best practices when compounding and dispensing herbs and herbal formulations.

The white paper was drafted by a working group of AHPA's Chinese Herbal Products Committee and is based on standard good manufacturing practice concepts such as sanitation of facilities and equipment, quality control practices, documentation of procedures, and record-keeping.

AHPA has also developed several templates to help herbalists document adoption of best practices for herbal compounding and dispensing.

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Compounding and dispensing resources

Personnel Training Log for Herbal Compounding and Dispensing

Track and record the training of personnel who compound and dispense herbs

The Personnel Training Log is available to assist with implementation of Section 3.1 Training. This template can be used by practitioners to create a form to track and record the training of their personnel.

Herbal Formula Specification for Compounding and Dispensing

Document the detailed information for each herbal formula compounded

The Herbal Formula Specification helps implement of Section 6.1(b) Procedures. By utilizing this template, practitioners can document the detailed information for each herbal formula compounded by the practice for reference as the “master” record of the composition of the formula.

Ingredient Qualification Form for Herbal Compounding and Dispensing

Document the system used to ensure ingredient quality

The Ingredient Qualification Form helps with the implementation of Section 6.2 Ingredients. This tool assists practitioners in implementing the best practices in to qualify the ingredients used in their practice.

Herbal Compounding Record

Record what was compounded for a client’s herbal formula

The Herbal Compounding Record is available to assist with the implementation of Section 9.1 of the same name. This form is intended for use during the compounding process, so that the practitioner has a record of what was compounded.

Herbal Dispensing Record

Recording information pertinent to the dispensing process, including recommendations for use

The Herbal Dispensing record is available to assist with the implementation of Section 9.2 of the same name. This form is intended for use following the compounding process to record information pertinent to the dispensing process.

Client Complaint Report for Herbal Compounding and Dispensing

Capture pertinent information needed to determine if a complaint warrants specific follow up action

The Client Complaint Report is available to assist with the implementation of Section 10.1 Complaints. This form is intended to assist the health care practice in capturing the pertinent information needed to determine whether a complaint received by a client warrants specific follow up action on the part of the health care practice.

AHPA issues Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices white paper

Best practices for compounding and dispensing herbal formulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has issued a white paper to guide qualified practitioners who compound herbal formulations for clients based on one-on-one consultations.
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