Regulation of Natural Products – a Global Challenge

Part C Day 2: “Important markets with a long lasting history in phytotherapy”

GA eSeminar, Online / March 31st, 3.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. (CEST)

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.


Regulations in China governing the sale of medicinal plants and products made with medicinal plants
Tracy Li, Chinese Food and Health Association, China

Regulation of Herbal Medicinal Products in Turkey
Prof. Funda Nuray Yalcin, Turkey

Regulation of Herbal Medicinal Products in Brazil
Dr. Ana Cecíla Carvalho, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), Brazil


This Seminar is offered free of charge.

Please use this link to register. 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).

The seminar is financed exclusively by our membership fees. Become a GA member and help us to offer further free eSeminars.

You can download the flyer here.

Advances in Pharmacovigilance for Herbal Medicines

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Date: 12th – 14th April, 2023

The use of herbal and traditional medicines for health and well-being, as well as for prevention and treatment of disease, remains a popular choice globally. While herbal and traditional medicines may bring health benefits, as with other medicinal products, there are also associated risks, including a lack of clinical pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data to determine dosages, dose-response relationships and other parameters, as well as poor-quality products. Developments in regulation for herbal and traditional medicines have strengthened pharmacovigilance for these products, but there are challenges in identifying, assessing, monitoring and managing safety concerns.

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Oxford ICSB

Location: Oxford Conference Center, located at 102 Ed Perry Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655 (USA)

Date: April 24th – 27th, 2023

The National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) within the School of Pharmacy at The University of Mississippi is pleased to announce another international conference on important botanical quality and safety issues.

This conference is supported by a cooperative agreement between the NCNPR and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is co-sponsored by the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica/ CAS, China; the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR – India); the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka; the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP); the Society for Medicinal Plant Research (GA); the Korean Society of Pharmacognosy (KSP) and the Japanese Society of Pharmacognosy (JSP).

The function of this conference is to review, discuss, and explore the confluence of current research topics in natural product chemistry, pharmacognosy and botanicals. Topic areas will include authentication of botanical identity, cultivation, collection, post-harvest practices for producing quality plant materials, as well as an exploration of chemical and toxicological methods regarding botanical quality/safety assessments.

Each session will open with a plenary speaker outlining the current approaches, limitations, and research needs of the topic area. Speakers are leading researchers from industry, academia, nonprofit institutions, trade associations, and government. The tremendous opportunity for international exchange among these representatives, participants, and students on important and timely scientific botanical issues is a hallmark of this event.

Topics Include:

  • Cultivation, Collection and Post-Harvest Practices to Assure Production of Quality Raw Botanical Materials
  • Authentication, Identification and Purity Assessments of Botanical Raw Materials, Ingredients, and Products
  • General and Specific Approaches Toward Establishing the Safety, Efficacy, and Quality of Botanicals with Modern Technologies
  • International Regulatory Approaches for Safety Assessments and Adverse Event Reporting (AER) for Botanical Products

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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: 15-19th May 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.

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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.

72nd International Congress and Annual Meeting of the
Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)

13.-17. July, 2024

ICE Krakow Congress Center
Marii Konopnickiej 17
30-302 Kraków