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Anthroposophic medicinal products

Anthroposophic medicinal products are defined according to their development, manufacture and use. They are

  • developed in accordance to the anthroposophic knowledge of man and nature,
  • defined by their manufacturing procedure, that can be common to homoeopathic medicinal products (e.g. Ph. Eur. or HAB etc) or specifically anthroposophic (Anthroposophic Pharmaceutical Codex),
  • intended for use according to the principles of Anthroposophic Medicine.

These three properties are reflected in current legal definitions (see below).

Legal definitions

Legal definitions can be found in the German Medicinal Products Act, Art. 4, (33) [1] and in the Swiss Law of the Swiss Institute of Medicinal Products concerning the simplified Authorisation of Complementary and Phyto Medicines, Art. 4, 2 f [2].

Reference List

  1. Germany: Medicinal Products Act (Gesetz über den Verkehr mit Arzneimitteln)
    Art. 4, (33) An anthroposophic medicinal product is a medicinal product that has been developed according to the anthroposophic knowledge of man and nature and that is produced according to a homoeopathic manufacturing procedure described in the European Pharmacopoeia or in absence thereof in a pharmacopoeia officially used in the Member States or according to a special anthroposophic manufacturing procedure and that is meant to be used according to the anthroposophic principles concerning man and nature.
  2. Switzerland: Law of the Swiss Institute of Medicinal Products concerning the simplified Authorisation of Complementary and Phyto Medicines (Verordnung des Schweizerischen Heilmittelinstituts über die vereinfachte Zulassung von Komplementär- und Phytoarzneimitteln)
    Art. 4, 2 f: Anthroposophic medicinal product: Medicinal product, whose active substances are manufactured by a homoeopathic manufacturing procedure, or according to an anthroposophic manufacturing procedure described in the German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia or in the British Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia or according to a special anthroposophic manufacturing procedure and that is composed and developed according to the anthroposophic knowledge of man, animal, substance and nature and meant to be used according to these principles.

Last update: March 2017