Tibetische Arzneimittel endlich offiziell anerkannt von Swissmedic Schweiz
Seit Januar 2019: Anerkennung Tibetischer Arzneimittel als Teil der Asiatischen Medizin/ Komplementärmedizin und Heilmittelgesetzgebung
Neues Schweizer Bundesgesetz über Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (Heilmittelgesetz, HMG)
After years of discussions in 2016 the Swiss parliament amended the existing law for medicines which has come into force on Jan 1st, 2019.1 This amendment defines for the first time Asian medicines as part the officially recognized medicines in Switzerland. Asian herbal medicines are from now on an integral part of the Swiss pharmaceutical system under the section of complementary medicines:
(Art. 4 Abs. 1 Bst. ater) Complementary medicines with indication: Medicinal products with regulatory approval of a specific indication that are manufactured according to the manufacturing prescriptions of complementary medical therapies such as homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine or traditional Asian medicine, and whose field of application is determined according to the principles of the appropriate therapeutic direction;
According to this law the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic issued a decree how to register complementary and herbal medicines2 according to Swiss quality standards. Swissmedic also defined traditional Asian medicines according to the law, mentioning explicitly Tibetan medicine:
(Art.4.4 a) Asian medicines: Chinese, Tibetan, or Ayurvedic medicines.
(Art.4.4 c) Tibetan medicines: medicines containing herbal, mineral or animal components, composed and administered according to the understanding of Tibetan medicine.
Information by Dr Herbert Schwabl, Padma AG, January 2019