Food supplements containing botanicals: The concept of quality

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The aim of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of the issues related to manufacturing process and principles of quality system, with particular attention to quality control, keeping in mind the unique characteristics of botanicals used as ingredients in these products. Therefore the main steps of the industrial process of plant-based preparations will be described. In addiction the main interrelated aspects of an integrated quality system, designed to assure that products will be consistently fit for their intended use, will be explained. A crucial point are quality controls that must be carried out in each step of the production process on the raw materials, intermediate/finished products. Finally will be treated the activities included in the process of post marketing surveillance, both active and passive, and by way of example they will be described the systems of post-marketing surveillance adopted in some countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Supplements Containing Botanicals
Subtitle of host publicationBenefits, Side Effects and Regulatory Aspects: The Scientific Inheritance of the EU Project PlantLIBRA
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319622293
ISBN (Print)9783319622286
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Botanicals
  • Post-marketing surveillance
  • Quality control
  • Quality system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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