General Guidelines for Methodologies on Research and Evaluation of Traditional Medicine
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Close this folder1. Methodologies for Research and Evaluation of Herbal Medicines
View the document1.1 Definitions
View the document1.2 Botanical Verification and Quality Considerations
View the document1.3 Research and Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy
Open this folder and view contents2. Methodologies for Research and Evaluation of Traditional Procedure-Based Therapies
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View the documentReferences
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex I. Guidelines for the Assessment of Herbal Medicinesa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex II. Research Guidelines for Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Herbal Medicinesa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex III. Report of a WHO Consultation on Traditional Medicine and AIDS: Clinical Evaluation of Traditional Medicines and Natural Productsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex IV. Definition of Levels of Evidence and Grading of Recommendationa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex V. Guidelines for Levels and Kinds of Evidence to Support Claims for Therapeutic Goodsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex VI. Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Trials on Pharmaceutical Productsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex VII. Guidance for Industry: Significant Scientific Agreement in the Review of Health Claims for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplementsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex VIII. Guideline for Good Clinical Practicea
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex IX. WHO QOL (Quality of Life) User Manual: Facet Definitions and Response Scalesa
View the documentAnnex X. Participants in the WHO Consultation on Methodologies for Research and Evaluation of Traditional Medicine
 

1.2 Botanical Verification and Quality Considerations

The first stage in assuring the quality, safety and efficacy of herbal medicines is identification of the plant species. Botanical verification is necessary. The information required includes the currently accepted Latin binomial name and synonyms, vernacular names, the parts of the plant used for each preparation, and detailed instructions for agricultural production and collection conditions according to the each country’s good agricultural practice. A WHO Consultation on Traditional Medicine and AIDS (September 1990) addressed the issues of quality control, safety and efficacy of herbal medicines. Detailed information is presented in Annex III. The WHO Quality control methods for medicinal plant materials1 and WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants2 can be consulted for quality control.

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