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Quality Control of Ayurvedic Drugs

Ish Sharma, Vaidya Ish Sharma, Nancy Shahi


Ayurveda is the ancient most system of medicine and most of Indian population uses Ayurvedic drugs in some form [1]. Their high cultural acceptability is due to the experienced safety and efficiency over centuries of use. Because of their unique effects and relatively low side effects, this medicine has been gaining popularity all over the world. British physicians travelled to India to observe rhinoplasty being performed using native methods [2]. Quality is conformance to requirement and meeting stated as well as implied needs of customer. The word quality is derived from Latin ‘qualis’ means ‘of what kind’ and encompasses composition and properties of object. Pharmaceutical products are subjected to have highly regulated quality control. The increasing use of these products worldwide and the growth of Ayurvedic drugs industry have led to increasing concern regarding their safety. Quality is conformance to requirement and meeting stated as well as implied needs of customer. Quality control is a challenge to ensure safety, efficacy, and batch-to-batch consistency of Ayurvedic products due to the complexity of phytochemical constituents. To ensure both safety and efficacy of herbal medicines, implementation of and adherence to good agricultural and collection practice (GACP), good plant authentication and identification practice (GPAIP), good manufacturing practice (GMP) before and during the manufacturing process, and good laboratory practice (GLP) in analysis are necessary which are ethically delivered to the subjects as per good clinical practices. To protect the health of consumers, the quality and safety of herbs and herbal products must be ensured. To date, the toxicity, genotoxicity, and tumorigenicity of many herbal products have not been fully studied. The current paper plans to discuss the essential components of GMP, GCP, GLP.


Keywords: Good clinical practices (GCP), good manufacturing practices (GMP), good laboratory practice (GLP), quality control

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Aparna Sharma, Vaidya Ish Sharma, Nancy Shahi. Quality Control of Ayurvedic Drugs. Research & Reviews: A Journal of Pharmacognosy. 2016; 3(3): 24–27p.

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