Herbal medicine/Phytotherapy in Turkey | Cam-Regulation

Herbal medicine/Phytotherapy in Turkey

New regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries:


Turkey October 27, 2014 New law on Regulations for Traditional and Complementary Medicine Practice. Read more in our article on Turkey.

Notice! All text below is copied from the CAMbrella report - delivered Dec 31, 2012

No specific regulation found for therapists or medical doctors’ clinical use of herbal
medicine/phytotherapy (291). Medical doctors with an additional qualification may practise herbal medicine/phytotherapy.

Laws and regulations on Herbal Medicinal Products were issued in 1985 in the “Permanent Notice concerning Shops, Spice Shops and Similar Stores”, at the same time as the Expert committee for Licensing the Herbal Medicinal Products was established (59).

At 2 November 2011, the Ministry of Health stated that Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine (and thereby herbal medicine) regulations, treatment approvals and inspection tasks belongs to the General of Health Services Directorate (295).

There are courses and Master programs of Phytotherapy offered at some universities (like Yeditepe University). Phytotherapy courses are integrated in a few medical undergraduate curriculums (like Yeditepe University), and a professional chair of phytotherapy exists at some universities (like Yeditepe University) (291).


59. WHO. National policy on traditional medicine and regulation of herbal medicines: Report of a WHO global survey. Geneva: World Health Organization 2005 May 2005. Report No.

291. Yusuf Ozgur Cakmak MD Phd; Acupuncture Program for Physicians; Department of Anatomy: School of Medicine; University of Yeditepe. Email: CAM in Turkey – CAmbrella project. 2012.

295. Ministry of Health Turkey. 2 Kasım 2011 ÇARŞAMBA Resmî Gazete Sayı : 28103 (Mükerrer) Kanun Hükmünde Kararname: SAĞLIK BAKANLIĞI VE BAĞLI KURULUŞLARININ TEŞKİLAT VE GÖREVLERİ HAKKINDA KANUN HÜKMÜNDE KARARNAME 2011 [cited 2012 February 24]; Available from: http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2011/11/20111102M1-3.htm.

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