INTRODUCTIONIndia has 15 Agroclimatic zones and 17000-18000 species of flowering plants of which 6000-7000 are estimated to have medicinal usage in folk and documented systems of medicine, like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy. About 960 species of medicinal plants are estimated to be in trade of which 178 species have annual consumption levels in excess of 100 metric tons. Medicinal plants are not only a major resource base for the traditional medicine and herbal industry but also provide livelihood and health security to a large segment of Indian population. The domestic trade of the AYUSH industry is valued upto Rs. 80 to 90 billion (1US$ = Rs.50) annually. The Indian medicinal plants and their products also account for exports in the range of Rs. 10 billion per annum. There is global resurgence in traditional and alternative health care systems resulting in increased world herbal trade which stands at US$ 120 billion and is expected to reach US$ 7 trillion by 2050. Indian share in the world trade, at present, however, is quite low.
ABOUT THE SCHEMEUnder the Scheme, any producer/collector/group of producers/collectors can obtain a certification from an approved certification body (CB) and will be under regular surveillance of the certification body. An option of getting a lot inspected and certified has also been made in the Scheme. It also allows certification of intermediaries like traders who may source certified medicinal plant material and supply further. In order to encourage good agricultural and field collection practices in medicinal plants (GAP and GFCP) and enhance quality and safety of these plants, the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), in collaboration with the Quality Council of India (QCI), has launched a Voluntary Certification Scheme for Medicinal Plant Produce (VCSMPP). QCI will manage the day to day operation of the Scheme.
CERTIFICATION CRITERIAThe certification can be obtained for the following levels based on customer needs as per the requirements prescribed for each level: LEVEL-1 Compliance to Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) for producers as per Annex A and Good Field Collection Practices (GFCP) for collectors as per Annex B with identification of species by TLC profiling wherever needed, and testing for contaminants (Annex A: Permissible levels of contaminants). LEVEL-2 Compliance to the requirements for Level 1 + requirements for medicinal plants as per API/UPI/HPI etc. as applicable.
APPLICATION FEEThe fee for certification depends upon no. of herbs and options. Please fill the application form. However, following are the mandatory charges
|Administrative Charges||Man Day Charges||Certification Charges|
|Option 1||Rs.5,000/-||Rs.15,000/- per man day||Rs.15,000/-|
|Option 2||Rs.10,000/-||Rs.15,000/- per man day||Rs.30,000/-|
SCHEME DETAILS Standard For Good Agricultural Practices This standard covers good agricultural practices for cultivated medicinal plants in sustainable manner and maintaining quality of produce used by all stakeholders
|STANDARD FOR GAP|
|STANDARD FOR GFCP|