Comment Period for Traditional Medicine Model Extended

(Silver Spring, MD, March 29, 2005) — The comment period for a draft concept paper on a new model for the regulation of traditional medicines in the United States has been extended to June 30, 2006.

The draft document, “A Proposed Regulatory Model for Traditional Medicines: Guiding Assumptions and Key Components,” was released by the Traditional Medicines (TM) Congress, made up of nine national organizations,* last November. At least 70 comments have been received to date, but the TM Congress recently received requests to extend the comment period from a number of practicing herbalists.

“The TM Congress has always intended to include any and all interested individuals and organizations in this essential review stage,” commented Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, which is part of the TM Congress. “We encourage everyone with such an interest to read the draft and provide comments to let us know how it can be improved.”

Three key areas of confusion that were apparent in the initial review process are now being clarified:

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