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Quality transitivity and traceability system of herbal medicine products based on quality markers

Liu, Changxiao, Guo, De-an, Liu, Liang
Phytomedicine 2018 v.44 pp. 247-257
DNA barcoding, chromatography, herbal medicines, models, process control, raw materials, risk assessment, risk management, technology, traceability
Due to a variety of factors to affect the herb quality, the existing quality management model is unable to evaluate the process control. The development of the concept of “quality marker” (Q-marker) lays basis for establishing an independent process quality control system for herbal products.To ensure the highest degree of safety, effectiveness and quality process control of herbal products, it is aimed to establish a quality transitivity and traceability system of quality and process control from raw materials to finished herbal products.Based on the key issues and challenges of quality assessment, the current status of quality and process controls from raw materials to herbal medicinal products listed in Pharmacopoeia were analyzed and the research models including discovery and identification of Q-markers, analysis and quality management of risk evaluation were designed.Authors introduced a few new technologies and methodologies, such as DNA barcoding, chromatographic technologies, fingerprint analysis, chemical markers, bio-responses, risk management and solution for quality process control.The quality and process control models for herbal medicinal products were proposed and the transitivity and traceability system from raw materials to the finished products was constructed to improve the herbal quality from the entire supply and production chain.The transitivity and traceability system has been established based on quality markers, especially on how to control the production process under Good Engineering Practices, as well as to implement the risk management for quality and process control in herbal medicine production.