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New Compendium Offers Freely Available Testing Standards to Help Ensure the Quality of Herbal Ingredients Used in Traditional Medicines
Date:5/20/2013

ompendium, we will now have the ability to better meet the needs of our worldwide stakeholders who seek public standards for herbal medicinal ingredients."

"With herbal medicines increasingly crossing borders in international commerce, it is important to consider the need for global public standards," said Dennis Gorecki , Ph.D., chair of USP's Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee, which is part of the USP Council of Experts—the body that makes USP's scientific and standards-setting decisions. "Standards such as those in the Herbal Medicines Compendium may be used by regulators and other stakeholders in many countries as a tool against adulterated or poor-quality herbal medicines—which are a growing problem. These standards will advance modern analytical techniques—necessary to deal with the scientific complexities associated with plant-based ingredients."

HMC monographs provide quality specifications—tests, procedures and acceptance criteria—with validated analytical procedures and allied reference materials that aid in conformity assessment. HMC monographs and associated general chapters can help ingredient manufacturers, herbal product manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders to assess conformance of herbal medicinal ingredients with independent public standards and control the quality of articles moving in international commerce. When coupled with sound registration processes and adherence to suitable Good Manufacturing Practices, standards in HMC can become an important part of the safety net that helps ensure access to good quality medicines.

Robust, Public Standards-Setting Process

HMC standards are developed through a public standards-setting process that invites input from all interested parties, and with the collaboration and approval of experts from around the world, via the volu
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