Regulatory Status of Herbal Drugs and Related Substances in Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP)

Nitin Rai, Lalit Tiwari and Rajeev Kr. Sharma

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine July - September 2013, Vol. 8 No. 3, Pages 149-170


The standards are mandatory specifications for the quality control of herbal drugs and related substances. Quality can be ensured with the help of in-house established standards or pharmacopoeial standards. Pharmacopoeial standards are experimentally established and enjoy regulatory status. A pharmacopoeia is a book of standards applicable to drug substances and their dosage forms of common usage in a country. In Indian perspective Pharmacopoeial publications are The Indian Pharmacopoeia, The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, The Uanani Pharmacopeia of India, The Shiddha Pharmacopoeia of India and Homoeopathy Pharmacopoeia of India. All these pharmacopoeia are part of regulatory frame work under Drugs and Cosmetics Acts, 1940 & Rules their under. Herbal drugs and related substances included in Indian Pharmacopoeia are enumerated in this review.

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