Complementary/alternative medicine is not taught in Belgian medical schools; however, the Belgian Medical Faculty of Homeopathy offers courses for allopathic physicians, surgeons, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians. These courses comply with standards set by the European Committee for Homeopathy.

The European pharmacopoeia serves as the national pharmacopoeia, and is considered to be legally binding. No national monographs exist.

Regulatory requirements for manufacturing of herbal medicines include adherence to the information in pharmacopoeias and monographs and the same GMP rules as for conventional pharmaceutical. Compliance with these requirements is ensured through inspections of the manufacturing and packaging sites. Safety requirements are the same as for conventional pharmaceuticals, and are ensured through the pharmacovigilance centre and general pharmacy inspections.

Belgium is also one of EU and OECD member countries, and follows the simplified regulatory approval process on Traditional herbal medicinal products under the EU Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products (THMPD) formally known as The Directive 2004/24/EC.


Belgium Ministry of Health
SPF Santé Publique, Sécurité de la Chaîne Alimentaire et Environnement
Place Victor Horta 40 boite 10
1060 Bruxelles