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
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Open this folder and view contents2. Good agricultural practices for medicinal plants
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Close this folder4. Common technical aspects of good agricultural practices for medicinal plants and good collection practices for medicinal plants
Close this folder4.1. Post-harvest processing
View the document4.1.1. Inspection and sorting
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View the document4.1.3. Drying
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View the document4.1.5. Processing facilities
View the document4.2. Bulk packaging and labelling
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View the documentBibliography
View the documentAnnex 1. Good Agricultural Practice for Traditional Chinese Medicinal Materials, People's Republic of China
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 2. Points to Consider on Good Agricultural and Collection Practice for Starting Materials of Herbal Origin
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
 

4.1.1. Inspection and sorting

Raw medicinal plant materials should be inspected and sorted prior to primary processing. The inspection may include:

♦ visual inspection for cross-contamination by untargeted medicinal plants and/or plant parts;

♦ visual inspection for foreign matter;

♦ organoleptic evaluation, such as: appearance, damage, size, colour, odour, and possibly taste.

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