News from the EMEA Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products
Dr. Barbara Steinhoff
Bundesverband der Arzneimittel-Hersteller e.V. (BAH), Bonn
The Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) met for the 19th, 20th and 21st time at the EMEA offices on 7 September 2007, 31 October 2007 and 9–10 January 2008, respectively, under the chairmanship of Dr. Konstantin Keller (Germany), who was re-elected chairman for another 3-year mandate which started on 31 October 2007. In the same meeting, Professor Ioanna Chinou (Greece), was elected vice-chairperson of the HMPC. In the mentioned three meetings, many new guidance documents were discussed in the HMPC‘s working parties and subgroups, i.e. the Working Party on Community Monographs and Community List, the Quality Drafting Group and the Organisational Matters Drafting Group. The respective drafts released for public consultation as well as the finalised documents can be found on the EMEA website (www.emea.europa.eu). Some important new documents, which might be of particular interest for the herbal industry, will be discussed in the following.
pharmind 2008, Nr. 3, Seite 361