A Guide to the European Market for Medicinal Plants and Extracts

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Despite the growth in the consumption of plantbased medicines and health foods around the world, the Commonwealth’s share of the trade in medicinal herbs and extracts is still small. This handbook is designed to help businessmen and women understand the working of the international market in medicinal herbs and extracts, to give them a better chance of tapping into this growing market. It contains information on markets and market trends, competition, regulatory issues including quality issues, production within the EU, processing methods, product profiles and useful contacts including websites.



Good Agricultural Practices

Government and the trade both recognise that quality control and quality assurance for herbal medicines must begin at the farm. As a result a modified version of the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) code drawn up by the European Herb Growers Association (EUROPAM) will shortly be officially recognised by the European Commission in Brussels.


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