WHO –GMP –Herbal Medicines
With the constant increase in the use of herbal medicines worldwide and the rapid expansion of the global market, the safety and quality of herbal materials and finished herbal products have become a major concern for health authorities, pharmaceutical industries and the public.
The safety and efficacy of herbal medicines largely depend on their quality.
Requirements and methods for quality control of finished herbal products, particularly for combining/mixing
herbal products, are far more complex than for chemical drugs.
The quality of finished herbal products is also influenced by the quality of the raw materials used.
Good manufacturing practices (GMP) is one of the most important tools for this measure. The core requirements for GMP for herbal medicines are common to GMP for pharmaceutical products.