Herbopedia: German Commission E

The German Commission E is a scientific advisory board that was founded by the German government in 1978. It is of the German equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte). The commission provides scientific expertise in the approval of natural substances that have previously been used in traditional, folk and herbal medicine.

The commission earned renown beyond Germany in the ’90s for compiling and publishing monographs that evaluated the safety and efficacy of over 350 medicinal herbs and herbal combinations. These official monographs detailed the approved uses, side effects, dosages, contraindications, drug interactions and other medicinal information essential for the responsible prescription anduse of herbs and phyto-medicines


Published between 1984 and 1994 in the Bundesanzeiger, the Commission E Monographs haven’t since been updated but are still considered valid. A summary of the publications is available on the website of the commission; unofficial copies of the monographs are available at the Heilpflanzen-Welt Bibliothek.

The complete set of all the Commission E monographs is now available in English and other languages.


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