- Traditional Medicine > Traditional, Complementary and Herbal Medicine
- Quality and Safety: Medicines > Quality Assurance
(2003; 80 pages) [French] [Spanish]
8. Seeds and propagation material
8.1 Seeds should be verified botanically, indicating genus, species, variety/cultivar/chemotype and origin and should be traceable. The same applies to vegetatively propagated medicinal plants. Seeds and/or vegetatively propagated medicinal plants used in organic production have to be certified as organic. The starting material should be as free as possible from pests and diseases in order to guarantee healthy plant growth. Species resistant or tolerant to disease should preferably be used.
8.2 The presence of different species, varieties or different plant parts has to be controlled during the entire production process, and such adulteration should be avoided. The use of genetically modified medicinal plants or seeds must comply with regional and/or national regulation