Research Guidelines for Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Herbal Medicines
(1993; 94 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentFOREWORD
Open this folder and view contents1. INTRODUCTION
Close this folder2. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN HERBAL MEDICINE RESEARCH
View the documentLEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
Open this folder and view contentsETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
View the documentTRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ON HERBAL MEDICINE
View the documentREGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
View the documentPURPOSES OF RESEARCH
View the documentSELECTION OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
View the documentRESEARCH APPROACHES
View the documentASSURING ACCESS TO RELEVANT DATABASES
View the documentEDUCATION
Open this folder and view contents3. RESEARCH STUDIES
Open this folder and view contents4. USING THE GUIDELINES
Open this folder and view contentsANNEXES
View the documentNOTES
View the documentBIBLIOGRAPHY
View the documentSELECTED WHO PUBLICATIONS OF RELATED INTEREST
 

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

Governments should actively promote the rational use of herbal medicines that have been scientifically validated. To do so, they need a national policy for approving those that are safe and effective for specified clinical indications. The adoption of such policy will help to overcome some of the legal barriers against the use of herbal medicines which in some countries may still be inadequately standardized.

Legislation concerning procedures for the registration of herbal medicine can play a very important role in ensuring that medicinal plant preparations are of acceptable quality, safety and efficacy. Research on herbal medicines, which is necessary to ensure their improved utilization by the public, would benefit from strong governmental endorsement.

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