National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Regulation of Herbal Medicines - Report of a WHO Global Survey
(2005; 168 pages) Ver el documento en el formato PDF
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Ver el documentoAcknowledgements
Ver el documentoExecutive summary
Ver el documentoAcronyms, abbreviations and definitions
Ver el documentoWHO Regions
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. Introduction
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido2. National policy on traditional medicine and complementary/alternative medicine
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido3. The regulatory situation of herbal medicines
Cerrar esta carpeta4. Member States, WHO and herbal medicines
Ver el documento4.1 Main difficulties faced by countries
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Ver el documento4.3 Survey results
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido5. Country summaries
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Ver el documentoAnnex 1. Text of survey instrument
 

4.2 WHO support

Next, countries were asked to rate the types of support offered by WHO related to herbal medicines according to their needs and interests. They were asked to rate the following categories as “not needed”, “needed” or “much needed”: information sharing on regulatory issues; training workshops about national capacity to establish regulations on herbal medicine; general guidelines for research and evaluation of traditional medicines; training workshops about national capacity building on safety monitoring of herbal medicines; provision of databases; arrangement of global meetings; other types of support.

Figure 44 provides a detailed breakdown of the rating of each category of WHO support; as different numbers of countries ranked each category, the figures are given below for clarification purposes (Table 3). While a majority of countries ranked every category as “much needed”, the category cited by the most countries and the one most often ranked “much needed” was the category of information sharing on regulatory issues.


Figure 44. Member States' needs for WHO support

Table 3. Types of support requested by Member States, by level of preference

 

Much needed

Needed

Not needed

Total answers

Information sharing on regulatory issues

83

44

4

131

Herbal medicine regulation workshops

66

44

9

119

General guidelines on research and evaluation of herbal medicines

70

47

5

122

Herbal medicine safety monitoring workshops

68

48

7

123

Provision of databases

67

50

3

120

Global meetings

50

55

12

117

Other

16

8

0

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Of the 24 countries selecting other forms of support, the following were the suggestions reported: assistance with registration of traditional medicine; intellectual property issues; funding to develop a national database of traditional medicine and herbs; scientific references and research; equipment, facilities and funding for research; support and funding for the development of national pharmacopoeias and monographs; support for the development of regional monographs; standard normative system for herbal medicine; a workshop on adverse effect reporting, monitoring and analysis; periodic consultant visits; visit by WHO technical advisors to assess the national situation of medicinal plants; pharmacovigilance and assistance with policy development.

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