Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 05.06.2021

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European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy

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Acronym for European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy, an association founded in 1984 and based on the fusion of numerous national specialist societies for phytotherapy.

The main objective of ESCOP is to promote and develop the scientific status of herbal medicine in Europe. A further aim is the harmonisation of the regulatory status of phytotherapeutics on a European level. A commission of ESCOP regularly prepares scientifically supported monographs on different medicinal plants. These are prepared in the structure of a"Summary of Product Characteristics" (SPC) according to EC Directive 65/65EEC and are constantly expanded.

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