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The Working Group on Harmonization of Standards and Regulatory
Framework of Herbal Medicines organized by the WHO Regional
Office for the Western Pacific met in Seoul, Korea, from 27 to 30
During the meeting of the Working Group, it was concluded that in
order to ensure the uniformity of quality, safety and efficacy of the
same herbal medicines in these and other Member States in the Region,
there is a need for cooperation and harmonization of the standards and
As a step toward harmonizing various regulatory issues on Herbal Medicine of the Working Group, the Preparatory
Committee of FHH consisting of representatives from China, Japan and Korea was set up for the preparation of the
establishment of FHH.
The principal outcome of the Seoul meeting was to proceed with a planning and preparatory meeting in Beijing in
The Operational Document was approved during the first meeting of the Standing Committee of the Western Pacific
Regional Forum for the Harmonization of Herbal Medicines (FHH) on 9 March 2002 in Beijing, China.
It has been operated as a basic document to guide activities of FHH. Any change on the Operational Document of
FHH needs to be approved by the Standing Committee of FHH.
As of 2019, FHH held seventeen Standing Committee meetings and three Sub-Committees have been working in
their specific fields.