General Notices/Resources

General Notices/Resources

General Notices
General Notices describes many of the basic assumptions and definition of terms used in the Herbal Medicines Compendium. This document also provides information about the application of the standards presented on this website.

Monographs in the Herbal Medicines Compendium
This Guideline describes the information that the Herbal Medicines Compendium staff are seeking to aid in the development of monographs and reference materials.

This resource includes reagents required in conducting compendial tests and assays in the Herbal Medicines Compendium.

Notification on Safety of Herbal Articles

Herbal Articles are approved by a national authority for use as ingredients of herbal traditional medicines, or are included in a national pharmacopeia. They are deemed appropriate for inclusion in the HMC by a USP Expert Committee. Click here for the Table of the Articles.

HMC Nomenclature Guidelines

The Guideline for Assigning Titles to USP Herbal Medicines Compendium Monographs (Guideline) was jointly developed by Dietary Supplement and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee (DSHM EC) and the Nomenclature Safety and Labeling Expert Committee (NSL EC). The purpose of this Guideline is to set forth a system that USP uses to assign titles to monographs for herbal medicine ingredients that are published in the HMC. The Guideline discusses general principles followed when assigning titles to monographs and provides specific examples illustrating how such titles are constructed. A glossary is included to provide clarification for terminologies specific to herbal medicine ingredients and processed forms whose definitions are not readily available elsewhere or that have been defined differently in other sources. This Guideline supersedes any previous guideline issued by USP on assigning titles to monographs in HMC and is subject to revision at the discretion of USP. For more information, please contact Hellen Oketch-R, Ph.D. (, Scientific Liaisons for the Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee.