Regulatory Situation of Herbal Medicines - A Worldwide Review
(1998; 49 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentFOREWORD
Open this folder and view contentsI. INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contentsAfrica
Open this folder and view contentsThe Americas
Open this folder and view contentsEastern Mediterranean
Open this folder and view contentsEurope
Open this folder and view contentsSouth East Asia
Close this folderWestern Pacific
View the documentAustralia
View the documentChina
View the documentHong Kong
View the documentMacao
View the documentFiji
View the documentJapan
View the documentMalaysia
View the documentMongolia
View the documentNew Zealand
View the documentPhilippines
View the documentRepublic of Korea
View the documentSingapore
View the documentViet Nam
View the documentIII. CONCLUSION
View the documentIV. REFERENCES


Traditional medicine has a long history in Fiji and is still used today. Practitioners include herbalists, masseurs, and bone setters.

Legal Status

In addition to Fijian traditional medicines, traditional medicines from other countries, e.g., China, India, and Korea are imported. The existing Pharmacy and Poisons Act of Fiji permits importation of traditional medicines for use by ethnic communities. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board issues import certificates for herbal medicines provided that they make no therapeutic claims. If a therapeutic claim is made on the label or any accompanying leaflet, the Board does not approve an import certificate. The importer is requested to present information which proves the therapeutic claims [132].

The Fiji National Drug Policy recommends that the government encourage and support research in traditional medicines. The existing legislation is being re-drafted and is intended to recognize herbal medicines so that their quality, safety, and efficacy may be controlled. The Ministry of Health recognizes the potential danger in the use of products for which quality, safety and efficacy have not been controlled [133,134].

The Ministry of Health has established a Traditional Medicines Committee but up to now there are no results available [132].

to previous section
to next section
The WHO Essential Medicines and Health Products Information Portal was designed and is maintained by Human Info NGO. Last updated: December 6, 2017