Egypt

Policy

Laws and regulations governing TM/CAM have been in effect since the mid 1950's.  In 2001, the National Drug policy was issued and TM/CAM was part of it. The herbal medicine regulation in Egypt began in 1955 and shared the same law for conventional pharmaceutical. Botanical products are generally considered as drugs, over-the-counter medications, self-medications and dietary supplements. The Egyptian pharmacopoeia is legally binding. GMP requirements are the same as for conventional drugs.  A post-market surveillance system is in effect which monitors adverse events. Under the Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt, the Egytian Drug Authority is the pharmaceutical regulatory body that foresees the regulations that governs the safety and quality of pharmaceutical products.

Contact

Ministry of Health and Population Egypt
3 Magles El Shaab Street
Cairo 11467 Egypt
Tel: + 202-7934462 / 7951821 / 7957689 
Fax: + 202-7953966 / 7959422
Website: http://www.mohp.gov.eg
 
Egyptian Drug Authority
21 Abd El-Aziz Al Soud Street, EL-Manial, Cairo, Egypt
Tel:  +202 25354100 (30 lines)
+202 23684288 +202 23648046
+202 23640368 +202 23648769

 

Laws & Regulations

Herbal medicine regulation in Egypt began in 1955 and share the same laws used for conventional pharmaceuticals.

Botanical products may be marketed as drugs, over-the-counter medications, self-medications and dietary supplements. The Egyptian pharmacopoeia is legally binding.  GMP requirements are the same as for conventional drugs.  A post-market surveillance system is in effect which monitors adverse events.

There is a post-marketing surveillance system in place with an adverse events system. 

Laws and regulations governing TM/CAM have been in effect since the mid 1950's.  In 2001 a national policy was issued.

Contact

Ministry of Public Health      
http://www.mohp.gov.eg/

 

Standards & Guidelines

In 1955, herbal medicine regulation in Egypt was established through the same law as conventional pharmaceuticals. Herbal medicines are regulated as prescriptions, over the counter, self-medication and dietary supplements. The Egyptian National pharmacopoeia (1972, 1980) consists of monographs on herbal medicines and it is legally binding.

Manufacturing of herbal medicines must adhere to the to the information in pharmacopoeias and monographs, and also GMP which applies to conventional pharmaceuticals and special GMP rules. Safety assessment is limited to reference of the documented scientific research on the similar products. There are control mechanisms for both manufacturing and safety assessment requirements.

Contact

Ministry of Health and Population Egypt
3 Magles El Shaab Street
Cairo 11467 Egypt
Tel: + 202-7934462 / 7951821 / 7957689 
Fax: + 202-7953966 / 7959422
Website: http://www.mohp.gov.eg