Research Fellow for Medicinal Plants and Botanical Supply Chain, Traditional Medicinals, Inc.
Working in the medicinal plants sector since 1979, Josef presently serves as ‘Research Fellow for Medicinal Plants and Botanical Supply Chain’ for Traditional Medicinals, Inc. (Sebastopol, CA), a manufacturer of herbal medicinal products. He also serves as President of the American Botanical Council (ABC) Board of Trustees, and as an advisory group member of the ABC Sustainable Herbs Program. Josef was a founding Board of Trustees member of the FairWild Foundation, a Swiss non-profit, standard-setting organization for the sustainable wild collection of medicinal and aromatic plants, and now serves on its advisory panel. Presently serving in his fourth 5-year term (since 2005) with the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), Josef is an elected member of the USP Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee (BDSHM-EC), and of the USP DSHM Nomenclature Joint Sub-Committee. Since 2006, he has also served the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) as an advisor on commercial sources & handling and international regulatory status for AHP monographs. Since 2002, he has functioned as a consultant on market intelligence for medicinal plants and natural products for different agencies and programs of the United Nations.