Insights into complementary and herbal medicines
When it comes to the authorisation of medicines, the three requirements
of quality, safety and efficacy are repeatedly mentioned. Do these requirements
also apply to complementary and herbal medicines (CHMs)? We asked
Martin Ziak, Margot Spohn and Bilkis Heneka from the CHM Team at
Swissmedic. What is the status of CHMs in Switzerland, how do the
requirements for CHMs differ from those relating to synthetic medicinal
products, what are the various dispensing categories and how does the future
look for complementary and herbal medicines?
Transparency at Swissmedic
Visibility – Creating trust and closeness
The subject of transparency is more complex than it would seem at first glance – this also applies at Swissmedic. In fact, current events show just how important transparency is, and how trust and closeness can be created as a result. By publishing the Swiss Public Assessment Reports (SwissPAR), Swissmedic plays a key role in improving transparency. A special working group has been formed to develop the SwissPAR. We spoke with the group's head, Rosa Stebler, and with Martina Gerber, who coordinates and jointly edits the Public Summary SwissPAR.