WHO Guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for Medicinal Plants
(2003; 80 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
Open this folder and view contents1. General introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Good agricultural practices for medicinal plants
Open this folder and view contents3. Good collection practices for medicinal plants
Open this folder and view contents4. Common technical aspects of good agricultural practices for medicinal plants and good collection practices for medicinal plants
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View the documentBibliography
View the documentAnnex 1. Good Agricultural Practice for Traditional Chinese Medicinal Materials, People's Republic of China
Close this folderAnnex 2. Points to Consider on Good Agricultural and Collection Practice for Starting Materials of Herbal Origin
View the document1. Introduction
View the document2. General
View the document3. Quality assurance
View the document4. Personnel and education
View the document5. Building and facilities
View the document6. Equipment
View the document7. Documentation
View the document8. Seeds and propagation material
View the document9. Cultivation
View the document10. Collection
View the document11. Harvest
View the document12. Primary processing
View the document13. Packaging
View the document14. Storage and distribution
View the documentGlossary
View the documentAnnex 3. Good Agricultural and Collection Practices for Medicinal Plants (GACP), Japan
View the documentAnnex 4. A model structure for monographs on good agricultural practices for specific medicinal plants
View the documentAnnex 5. Sample record for cultivated medicinal plants
View the documentAnnex 6. Participants in the WHO Consultation on Good Agricultural and Field Collection Practices for Medicinal Plants
 

5. Building and facilities

5.1 Buildings used in the processing of harvested medicinal plants/herbal drugs must be clean, as well as thoroughly aerated and must never be used for housing livestock.

5.2 Buildings must provide adequate protection for the harvested medicinal plants/herbal drugs against birds, insects, rodents and domestic animals. In all storage and processing areas suitable pest control measures such as baits and electric insect killing machines must be operated and maintained by professionally qualified staff or contractors.

5.3 It is recommended that the packaged medicinal plant/herbal drug be stored:

- in buildings with concrete or similar easy to clean floors,
- on pallets,
- with a sufficient distance from the wall,
- well separated from other herbal drugs to avoid cross-contamination.


Organic products must be stored separately.

5.4 Buildings where plant processing is carried out must have changing facilities as well as toilets including hand-washing facilities, according to regional and/or national regulations.

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