Saudi Arabia

Policy

The Ministry of Health established a national office on TM/CAM in 1995.  This group is in-charge with overseeing the development of the policy and programs associated with TM/CAM. Until 2005, the official national policy for TM/CAM is still in progress. The Department of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is responsible with the implementation and integration of TM/CAM practices in Saudi Arabia as well as the consumer education and licensing. 

Contact

Ministry of Health 
Airport Rd., Riyadh 11176
Tel: 401-2220/401-2392
Fax: 402-9876

 

Laws & Regulations

Herbal medicine regulation in Saudi Arabia was established in 1996 and there are laws established specifically for herbal medicines. There are presently no regulations regarding health claims on nutritional products.

The Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) will consider the registration of herbal products with 1 to 5 herbal components but not any herbal product containing more than five components. The Herbal, Health Food and Natural Products Licensing Committee, established in 1993 under Ministry of Health are dealing with approving and or disallowing products, primarily on the basis of safety and efficacy. 

Botanicals are regulated under a law specific to herbal medicines which classifies them into the following categories: medicines, over the counter medicines, self-medications, dietary supplements and health/functional foods.  GMP regulations include those that are specific to botanical products plus those regulating the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

There is no post-marketing surveillance program in place.

 

Contact

Ministry of Health 
Airport Rd., Riyadh 11176
Tel: 401-2220/401-2392
Fax: 402-9876