International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH)
International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) is a global network of regulatory authorities responsible for regulation of herbal medicines, established in 2006. It is a global network of regulatory authorities formed by World Health Organization (WHO)
Its mission is to protect and promote public health and safety through improved regulation for herbal medicines. Recently IRCH's 9th annual meeting was held in New Delhi. The Ministry of AYUSH had organized the meeting. Membership is open to any national regulatory authority responsible for the regulation of herbal medicines and regional/sub-regional bodies responsible for the regulation of herbal medicines.
Objectives of IRCH:
- Strengthen cooperation between national regulatory authorities by sharing experience, knowledge and information related to the regulation, safety, quality and efficacy of herbal medicines.
- Globally facilitate and promote the safe use of herbal medicines, through regional initiatives, sharing information and fostering dialogue.