Philippines Administrative Order 172s 2004: Guidelines on the Registration of Herbal Medicines

  • General Information

This act of T&CM which relates to food and drugs generated by the Food and Drug Administration or formerly known as Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) was established in 2004.

The scope and coverage of this order shall be applicable to all herbal medicine except as provided herein:

  1. Medicines/drugs that do not fall within the definition of herbal medicines cited in this regulation shall be governed by other regulations promulgated for drugs in general;
  2. Herbal preparations, which are fresh plants material or which have not undergone any process or treatment other than what is essential to their proper drying, packaging, and storage.

Only establishments for herbal medicines with a valid license to operate can apply for registration of such products. These establishments can be the manufacturer, trader, importer or distributor of the products. No person shall manufacture, import, export, distribute, sell, offer for sale, advertise, or transfer any herbal medicines which are not registered with the BFAD.

Under this Administrative order, one of the most important guideline to be observed is the Guidelines on the Registration of Herbal Medicines.


  • Contact Details

Pia Angelique De Mesa Priagola
Food Drug Regulation Officer III
(Formerly Bureau of Food and Drugs)
Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City Philippines
Telephone: 8425606 (information)/ 8078275 (consumer)


Department of Health, Office of Secretary. Administrative Order 172s. 2004. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at