Quality assurance of cultivated and gathered medicinal plants

Ákos Máthé, Imre Máthé

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Abstract

In the production and utilization of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) quality assurance has always been a focal issue. Despite this, the last decades have seen a new upsurge in the need to improve the traceability and safety of natural products. The increasing reliability in the production/collection practices of these species is also meant to contribute to the increasing acceptance of these commodities. To date, the major scientific bodies/organizations involved are engaged in the elaboration of guidelines and regulations that should contribute to the availability of validated scientific data on quality, safety and efficacy. Appropriate policies and legal frameworks to guide the protection, trade, and applications of medicinal and aromatic plant materials are also being elaborated (GAP, GCP, GMP). Due to the variability, and the occasionally national character of quality assurance-related activity, there seems to be an increased need for the international harmonization of efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Plants as Food and Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationThe Utilization and Development of Horticultural Plants for Human Health
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Pages67-76
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789066057104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
Volume765
ISSN (Print)0567-7572

Keywords

  • Efficacy
  • Good agricultural practices
  • Good wild-crafting practices
  • Production
  • Safety
  • Utilization
  • Wild-crafting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture

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    Máthé, Á., & Máthé, I. (2008). Quality assurance of cultivated and gathered medicinal plants. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Plants as Food and Medicine: The Utilization and Development of Horticultural Plants for Human Health (pp. 67-76). (Acta Horticulturae; Vol. 765). International Society for Horticultural Science. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2008.765.8