Quality requirements for essential oils: Importance of the monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia and ISO standards [Requisitos de qualidade em óleos essenciais: A importância das monografias da Farmacopeia Europeia e das normas ISO]
Martins A.P.,Sociedade Portuguesa de Fitoquimica e Fitoterapia |
Martins A.P.,University of Coimbra |
Nogueira M.T.,Sociedade Portuguesa de Fitoquimica e Fitoterapia |
Nogueira M.T.,National Laboratory of Energy and Geology |
And 4 more authors.
Revista de Fitoterapia | Year: 2012
Essential oils are natural products used by different industries, among which stand out pharmaceutical and food industries. Due to the variability inherent to all natural products and also to the growing problems of adulteration, this article aims to promote and draw attention to the importance of existing international standards, including the monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia and ISO standards, while making a comparison of the main requirements of these guidelines. Only the fulfillment of these standards can ensure that the essential oils used for different purposes have the desirable quality for the intended use and do not cause safety issues. Source