Guidelines for the Appropriate use of Herbal Medicines
(1998; 88 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentForeword
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Goals and objectives of the guidelines
View the document3. Definitions
Open this folder and view contents4. National policy development
Open this folder and view contents5. Development of a national programme on herbal medicines
Open this folder and view contents6. Regulation of practitioners
Open this folder and view contents7. Regulation of the manufacture and distribution of medicinal herbal products
Close this folder8. Regulation of herbal medicines
View the document8.1 General considerations
View the document8.2 Requirements for raw plant materials
View the document8.3 Requirements for processed plant materials
View the document8.4 Requirements for medicinal herbal products
View the document8.5 Label requirements
View the document8.6 Responsible government agency for regulation
View the document8.7 Promotion and advertisement of herbal medicines
View the document8.8 Monitoring of adverse reactions to herbal medicines
View the document9. Use of the guidelines
View the documentAnnex 1: Report of the meeting of the working group on herbal medicines
View the documentAnnex 2: List of temporary advisers, consultants, observers and secretariat
View the documentAnnex 3: Agenda
View the documentAnnex 4: Opening Speech of Dr S.T. Han, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region Working Group on Herbal Medicines, 8 December 1997, Manila, Philippines
View the documentAnnex 5: Closing Remarks of Dr S.T. Han, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Working Group on Herbal Medicines, 12 December 1997, Manila, Philippines
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8.2 Requirements for raw plant materials

While a regulatory system for raw plant materials used in individual dispensing would be difficult and impractical to implement, plant materials identified as toxic should be subjected to specific regulatory procedures. Plant materials classified as toxic should be dispensed only by appropriately qualified practitioners.

At all levels of handling of raw plant materials, clear and accurate identification and labelling is paramount. Countries should also give consideration to mechanisms for controlling contamination of raw plant materials with pests, microorganisms, aflatoxins and other mycotoxins, pesticides, heavy metals and other foreign matters.

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