A Guide to the European Market for Medicinal Plants and Extracts

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Despite the growth in the consumption of plantbased medicines and health foods around the world, the Commonwealth’s share of the trade in medicinal herbs and extracts is still small. This handbook is designed to help businessmen and women understand the working of the international market in medicinal herbs and extracts, to give them a better chance of tapping into this growing market. It contains information on markets and market trends, competition, regulatory issues including quality issues, production within the EU, processing methods, product profiles and useful contacts including websites.



Country Profiles

Germany is by far the most important consumer of plant-based medicines in Europe accounting for 49% of all European licensed herbal sales. Germany is also the largest producer of herbal remedies and phytomedicines. This herbal tradition dates back to the Middle Ages and has been promoted by significant research and development activities by the German pharmaceutical industry as well as a regulatory environment which has encouraged the widespread consumption of herbal medicines.


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