9th International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines Meeting begins in New Delhi

Posted on:09 Nov 2016 18:02:20

9th International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines Meeting begins in New Delhi
09 November 2016 Current Affairs: The 9th Annual Meeting of International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) was inaugurated in New Delhi. It has been organised by the Union Ministry of AYUSH and was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Sripad Naik. In this meeting 19 member countries of IRCH with 36 delegates including experts from WHO are participating. The event would be utilized to show case AYUSH strength to these countries.

International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) :  IRCH is a global network of regulatory authorities created by World Health Organization (WHO) responsible for regulation of herbal medicines. It was established in 2006.

 Its mission is to protect and promote public health and safety through improved regulation for herbal medicines. India is member of IRCH network since 2007. Objectives of IRCH: Globally promote and facilitate the safe use of herbal medicines, through regional initiatives, sharing information and fostering dialogue. Facilitate and strengthen cooperation between national regulatory authorities by sharing experience, knowledge and information related to regulation, efficacy, quality and safety of herbal medicines. Discuss existing standards and requirements to promote the efficacy, quality and safety of herbal medicines. 

Recommend future activities to WHO related to the quality and safety of herbal medicines; Refer issues to the International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities and other bodies, where ever needed related to the quality herbal medicines. 

Development of a process that addresses and resolves questions related to the regulation and safe use of herbal medicines; Establish communication network that fosters dialogue on the regulation and safe use of herbal medicines among the IRCH members. Develop efficient links between National Drug Regulatory Authorities and information focal points among the IRCH member countries through WHO.


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