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.
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org).