Kuwait

Policy

Kuwait established Policy for Traditional Medicines by creating the Islamic Medicine Centre in 1978. During the following 15 years, Laws and Regulations were passed and a National Center was established.  Herbal medicines are sold in pharmacies and by Traditional Medicine practitioners although they are not legally licensed to practice.

Laws and Regulations were passed and a National Center was established in 1993.

The Islamic Medicine Centre provides numerous services to the people of Kuwait and continues to support the use of Traditional Medicine in any manner that may be replicated.  These efforts are supported by the WHO.

Contact

Ministry of Health Building,
Jamal Abdulnasser Street,
PO. Box 5, Kuwait Safat 13001, Kuwait.

Website: http://www.moh.gov.kw

 

Laws & Regulations

Dietary supplements are regulated by the Ministry of Health.  Registration requirements are strict and require verifications, such as whether manufacturers conform with GMP standards, source of raw materials, label approval, along with submission of various mandatory documents.  A regulatory requirement for herbs is the same as that of the pharmaceuticals. Halal certification is required. The Ministry of Health has worked closely with the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office to establish registration guidelines which are seen as standard for the region.  Vitamins and mineral values ranges are firmly established with upper limits.

Herbal products are sold through private outlets, but are also provided for free by the Islamic Medicine Center.

Safety requirements are similar to that of the dietary supplements as for pharmaceuticals. There is no national pharmacopoeia, but the US, UK and the European pharmacopoeia are used  as guidelines.

Herbal medicines are sold in pharmacies and by Traditional Medicine practitioners although they are not legally licensed to practice.

A post-marketing surveillance program is in the process of preparation.

Laws and Regulations were passed and a National Center was established in 1993.

The Islamic Medicine Centre provides numerous services to the people of Kuwait and continues to support the use of Traditional Medicine in any manner that may be replicated.  These efforts are supported by the WHO.

Contact

website:www.moh.gov.kw