Understanding the quality and manufacturing process of homeopathic medicines

  • Date: 17-Apr-2024
  • Source: Gulf News
  • Sector:Industrial
  • Country:UAE
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Understanding the quality and manufacturing process of homeopathic medicines

Almost all the homeopathic medicines that are available in the UAE come from Europe. This is mainly because homeopathic medicines manufactured in Europe are regulated, marketed, and sold as per the same quality standards that are in force for conventional medicines. For instance, in Germany, homeopathic medicine manufacturing is regulated under the comprehensive and stringent Arzneimittelgesetz (AMG), or the German Medicines Act.

The same is true for homeopathic medicines manufactured in Switzerland and Austria. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates homeopathic medicines under its Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) section 400.400. This policy provides guidance on the enforcement of regulations for homeopathic drug products.

Although the theoretical basis of homeopathy’s scientific methodology has not changed since its inception by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century, its format and documentation have evolved.

Here’s an overview of how homeopathic medicines manufacturing takes place:

Pharmaceutical manufacturing

Homeopathic medicine manufacturers are required to have a valid pharmaceutical manufacturing license from the appropriate regulatory authorities. The licensing process involves demonstrating compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, which ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicinal products.

Pharmacopoeial standards

Homeopathic medicines that are registered and sold in the UAE,