Regulation of Natural Products – a Global Challenge

Part C 

Scientific eSeminar

Online | December 2nd, 2022, 3.00 PM – 5.30 PM (CET)

The regulation of natural products is a global challenge, given the multitude of regulatory pathways and different approaches globally. Therefore, GA, the Society for Medicinal Plants and Natural Product research, steps in a series of lectures on Regulatory Affairs for (traditional) herbal medicinal products, herbal food supplements (so called botanicals), and substance-based medical devices, with leading experts from industry, authorities and academia worldwide as lecturers. The aim is to help in differentiating the different market niches for herbal products in the countries of this world and to reveal pros and cons of the categories. Part A of the eSeminar, started in autumn 2021, gave an overview of the regulation of mainly supply and quality of the products from different regulatory pathways.


Part B of the eSeminar series in spring 2022, with four issues, gave insights to the regulation of the different types of natural products in different regions worldwide, again presented by renowned experts in the field.

Now Part C is starting on 2nd December with a kick-off on Regulatory Concepts in the EU, Switzerland and an alternative pathway through substance-based medical devices.


Work Priorities of the HMPC in 2023
Dr. Emiel van Galen,
College ter Beoordeling van Geneesmiddelen (The Netherlands)
Chairman Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (HMPC, EMA)

Phytotherapeutic Products in Switzerland
Dr. Martin Ziak, Swissmedic, Bern (Switzerland)

Medical Device Regulation (2017/745/EC) – current status of implementation
Dr. Heike Wollersen, Bundesverband der Arzneimittelhersteller, Bonn (Germany)

You can download the program here.

You can register here.


December 2, 2022

Yellow Gentian


Scientific eSymposium

Online | November 24th 2022, 09:00 – 16:00 h

Organized by
Herbal Medicinal Products Platform Austria (HMPPA)
Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)
For further information and a free registration click here.

November 24, 2022


Brazilian biodiversity as a source of new medicines: Private sector perspective

GA eSeminar, Online / February 10th, 03:00 p.m. – 05:30 p-m. (CET)


  • Dr. Cristina Dislich Ropke, Director of the R&D department of the group Centroflora, Botucatu, Brazil
    Brazilian biodiversity a treasure to be discovered: the Brazilian Molecular Powerhouse (MPH) initiative.
  • Prof Dr João Batista Calixto, Director of the CIENP, Florianopolis, Brazil
    Recent advances by the Center for Innovation and Pre-Clinical Studies  in the development of  pre-clinical studies with standardized extracts  from Brazilian medicinal plants aimed at developing new herbal medicines with scientific proof of efficacy and safety.
  • Dr Carlos Victor, Senior R&D Manager of the Ache laboratories, Guarulhos São Paulo, Brazil
    BIOPROSPERA®: A Systematic and Exclusive Platform to Discover and Develop Innovative Medicines from the Brazilian Biodiversity


Please use this link to register – this eSeminar is free of charge. You will receive a Zoom link via email afterwards – please check your spam-folder. If you don‘t receive any link, please contact (Cornelia Kern).

You can download the flyer here.

Summer School on “Ethnopharmacological relevance: from bench to shelf, including intellectual property and bioprospecting acts“

Location: Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa

Date: 6-10th March 2023

Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation we are organizing a summer school on “Ethnopharmacological relevance: from bench to shelf, including intellectual property and bioprospecting acts“.

The summer school is hosted by the University of Pretoria and the Leipzig University and aims to equip young scientists from Europe and Africa with the knowledge and know-how of steering their natural product research towards successful commercialization. The participants will have the chance of exploring areas relating to standardization, quality control and entrepreneurship.

Follow this link to visit the summer school website.

71 st International Congress and Annual Meeting of the
Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)

2.-5. July, 2023

Dublin, Ireland

You can download the congress-flyer here.

Please follow this link if you wish to visit the congress-website.