The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Society of Pharmacognosy at the Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak in Haryana is organising the 18th Annual Convention of Society of Pharmacognosy on February 21 & 22, 2014. The theme of the convention is “Promotion and Globalisation of Indian Herbal Products- Perspectives and Prospects”.
The main objective of this convention is to address and deliberate various issues for the promotion and development of Indian herbal products for better acceptance at global level.
Organising secretary of the convention Munish Garg said that the two-day event will discuss various issues related to the globalization of Indian herbal products and the necessary steps to be taken in future. The present convention will have a rarely happened combination of experts and delegates from academia, industry, regulatory, ministry and funding and planning agencies at a single platform to share their views.
The topics to be covered in the event include the present status of herbal market in India- existing systems, schemes, models and best practices; globalisation of herbal products- scope, challenges, opportunities and development strategies; quality evaluation and value addition of natural products with formulation development, quality control and analysis of natural products; legal policy framework on traditional knowledge protection and IPR issues; cultivation of medicinal plants- policies and viabilities; academic and industrial herbal research – quality analysis and directions for global acceptance; entrepreneurship in herbal industry – scope, govt initiatives and financial viabilities; and regulatory framework- recent guidelines, lacunas and future needs.
The convention is significant as the use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized societies, and is often more affordable than purchasing expensive modern pharmaceuticals. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 per cent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Studies in the United States and Europe have shown that their use is less common in clinical settings, but has become increasingly more in recent years as scientific evidence about the effectiveness of herbal medicine has become more widely available.