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Natural Products

Natural Products
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Natural products are a class of substances found in nature, and are often used/advertised to maintain or improve health and valued for medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavor, and/or scent. They consist of herbal/botanical products, dietary supplements, and phytomedicines. Some examples include and some examples include Ginkgo biloba, Cannabis, tobacco, and essential oils. Standardization of these products is a huge challenge, and includes ensuring batch-to-batch consistency, identifying specific chemical markers, and providing a measure of quality control. NIST is active in assisting the community ensure product quality, authenticity, and consumer safety through reference materials, analytical methods, and quality assurance programs.

Created June 25, 2020, Updated August 17, 2020