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Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., Director, Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program

Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., joined ODS as Director of the Dietary Supplements Methods and Reference Materials Program in 2001. In this role he oversees efforts to promote development of validated analytical methods and reference materials for dietary supplements. Prior to joining NIH he was Vice President for Scientific and Technical Affairs at the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Before joining the AHPA, he spent 12 years as a research chemist at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Dr. Betz is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. His research interests lie in the areas of analytical methods for determination of botanical quality and in plant toxins. He has served as AOACI General Referee for Plant Toxins and for Botanical Supplements and also served on two USP Expert Committees. Dr. Betz has over 50 publications in the natural products area and continues to work toward ensuring the quality and safety of botanical products. He is the recipient of the American Botanical Council's first Norman R. Farnsworth Award for Excellence in Botanical Research, the American Herbal Product Association's Herbal Insight Award for Contributions to the Botanical Sciences, and the American Society of Pharmacognosy's Varro E. Tyler Prize for outstanding scientific contributions to the broad field of dietary supplements, with special emphasis on botanicals.