law concerning the safety and good quality of herbal drugs is one
of the important achievements of IOMS.
the trend in the world today is to use drugs prepared and manufactured
from medicinal plants and herbs to avoid the side effects of chemical-drug
preparations, the accomplishments of Muslims in this field assert
their pioneering role.
collaboration with the WHO Regional Office of Eastern Mediterranean,
the IOMS has determined the requirements for registering, monitoring
and marketing herbal drugs. These requirements guarantee unified
conditions and specifications for preparing and manufacturing these
drugs. These procedures are meant to make sure that good quality
drugs will be available. They are also meant to encourage
and develop the herbal drug industry.
the herbal drug law has been laid down for guaranteeing the sfety
and quality of these drugs and submitting their marketing to official
control by the concerned authority.
term "herbal drug" mentioned in the text of the law is
defined as any preparation whose effective component is derived
from a herbal origin and is finally packed by the manufacturer and
then marketed to be used for curing and/or preventive purposes.
law prohibits all forms of dealing in these herbal drugs before
they are registered at the concerned authorities. The prohibition
covers the whole process of marketing, starting with manufacturing
or importing the drug and ending with selling by retail to the consumer,
provided that the drug is packed and labelled as a herbal drug.
law stipulates the required conditions for registering the herbal
drug and determines the specifications for its manufacturing explaining
the process followed for controlling the elements and preparations
as well as the herbal derivation that go into making it. The
law also contains regulations for controlling the quality and specifications
of the raw materials used, the reinforcing herbal ingredients, the
effective pharmaceutical properties, etc. in a bid to guarantee
the safety and quality of the herbal drugs available for public