WHO Guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for Medicinal Plants
(2003; 80 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
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
Close this folder4. Common technical aspects of good agricultural practices for medicinal plants and good collection practices for medicinal plants
Open this folder and view contents4.1. Post-harvest processing
View the document4.2. Bulk packaging and labelling
View the document4.3. Storage and transportation
Open this folder and view contents4.4. Equipment
View the document4.5. Quality assurance
View the document4.6. Documentation
Close this folder4.7. Personnel (growers, collectors, producers, handlers, processors)
View the document4.7.1. General
View the document4.7.2. Health, hygiene and sanitation
Open this folder and view contents5. Other relevant issues
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
 

4.7.1. General

All personnel should receive adequate botanical and agricultural or collection training. All personnel required to apply agrochemicals should be trained in their use. Producers and collectors should receive adequate training and possess sufficient knowledge about appropriate harvesting and techniques employed for plant maintenance and protection for the medicinal plants to be cultivated.

To avoid deterioration of harvested medicinal plant materials during the post-harvest handling and primary processing stages, proper training of all personnel involved is required.

Personnel should be instructed on all relevant issues regarding environmental protection, the conservation of plant species and proper soil management to conserve fields for cultivation and for soil erosion control. The prevention of environmental degradation is an essential requirement to ensure the sustainable long-term use of medicinal plants resources.

National and/or regional regulations governing labour should be respected in the employment of staff for all phases of medicinal plant materials production.

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