Medicinal plants: ISO new work item proposal

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on a proposal for a new field of technical activity on medicinal plants. ISIRI (The Islamic Republic of Iran) has proposed this activity. 

The scope of the proposal is the following: 

'Standardization in the field of medicinal plants as well as medicinal plants propagation materials, in particular terminology, sampling, test methods and analysis, product specifications, safety and quality requirements for packaging, and storage and transportation. Medicinal plants substances with regard to safety and quality such as content of active material, values for physical, chemical specifications and microbial contaminants, chemical residues and heavy metals etc. must be based on recognized international standards or deliverables and should be laid down in written form. Excluded from its scope are products covered by ISO/TC 54 Essential oils, ISO/TC 245 Traditional Chinese Medicine, and ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics.'

Standards New Zealand is consulting with stakeholders in this area to determine New Zealand's response. There is more information on our international engagement page. To submit comments including support for or opposition to the proposal, please email isoadmin@standards.govt.nz. Comments received will be used to form a New Zealand position on this proposal. Please provide your comments by Monday, 19 December 2016.

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