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4 July 2013 - AAMPS AGM and workshop
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AAMPS is very proud to announce the launch of the first African Herbal Pharmacopoeia

The African Herbal pharmacopoeia, presented by AAMPS, provides comprehensive, up to date botanical, commercial and phytochemical information on over fifty of the most important African medicinal plants. The technical data were made on plant samples sourced from across the continent. These monographs prepared by leading African scientists, have been reviewed by international experts. Additional data include micro morphology of the plant material, distribution maps, HPLC traces and TLC chromatograms of adulterants. These data are crucial for producers, collectors and traders in medicinal plants and extracts as well as researchers, manufacturers and practitioners. The scope, quality and standard of these herbal monographs are comparable to those prepared in Europe, North America and Asia. Whilst this is the very first edition, it is being proposed to proceed to a second edition, quickly, both in printed and electronic form as more data becomes available.

Spanning 6 years of the combined efforts of 31 experts in African medicinal plants and herbal medicine, who had one common dream: generate income and employment for all those working in Africa in this sector by unlocking the health potential of African medicinal plants.


African medicinal flora in the limelight by Nokwanda P. Makunga in the South African Journal of Science
Elizabeth Williamson - University of Reading (PDF, 16 KB)
Andrew Marston - The Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medecine (PDF, 45 KB)

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It is available for order from Earthprint.

Other AAMPS titles also available

This unique publication has been prepared by the Association of African Medicinal Plant Standards (AAMPS) in collaboration with its regional partners CRIAA in Namibia and ASNAPP in South Africa. The aim of the book is to provide scientific, technical and socio-economic data on ten medicinal plants that have been successfully commercialised in the SADEC region and which the authors believe offer considerable further scope for wealth creation and employment. These profiles provide concrete examples of the ‘green gold’ that lies waiting to be developed in Southern Africa. There are many other plants awaiting similar development.

It is available for order from Earthprint.

Plants, People and Nature grew out of a workshop on benefit sharing held in Cape Town during the 4th World Congress of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (WOCMAP) in November 2009. This easy to read publication includes twenty two case studies of benefit sharing in practice. The book is designed to help private and public sector organisations better understand the challenges and opportunities of working with bio-resources, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. With a series of special information boxes the book aims to give the reader concise and easy-to-read explanations of the role and importance of the major organisations, initiatives and international conventions that help determine how our biodiversity is to be developed, nourished and sustained.

It is available for order from Earthprint.

AAMPS – Association for African Medicinal Plants Standards is a non profit company registered in Mauritius dedicated to the development of quality control and quality assurance standards for African medicinal plants and herbal products.


"Although sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands contain approximately 60 000 plant species – roughly a quarter of the world's total – only 83 of the worlds 1100 leading commercial medicinal plants are African in origin.

This situation will not change unless Africa, like India and China, prepares internationally recognised medicinal plant standards."

Professor Kobus Eloff, Chairman of AAMPS – Association for African Medicinal Plants Standards and Head of the Phytomedicine Programme, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

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