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The European Role on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products and Traditional Plant Food Supplements

Serafini, Mauro PhD*; Stanzione, Alessandra PhD*; Foddai, Sebastiano PhD*; Anton, Robert PhD; Delmulle, Luc PhD

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology:
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e318266b08f

Herbs are used in Europe as medicinal products, food, food supplements, and related products. This paper will discuss the concepts of Traditional Herbal Medicines and Traditional Plant Food Supplements, defined in European legislation under differing legal frameworks, regarding Traditional Plant Food Supplements (including Claims Regulation) and the role of the European Food Safety Authority in health claims.

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*Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Strasbourg, Illkirch, France

IFAO Proform education, Troisvierges, Luxembourg

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Supported by financial funding from the Sapienza University of Rome.

Reprints: Mauro Serafini, PhD, Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, P.le A.Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.