EMAP-EOS: Releasing the First Egyptian Standard for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

In collaboration with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS) and with the participation of a group of Egyptian experts, EMAP successfully supported the development of the first national standard for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP). The story of MAP standard started in November 2011 when EMAP conducted 2-days comprehensive workshop to discuss the idea and the general framework of a National Quality Scheme (NQS) for Egyptian MAP products in participation with public and private sector stakeholders. After approving the general framework with national stakeholders, EMAP collaborated with EOS to formulate a highly specialized technical committee to be in charge of discussing and developing the respect MAP standard. The technical committee conducted group of meetings over 4 months to draft the standard in line with national and international references. The drafted standard was then circulated for review to domestic and international relevant organizations including WHO, FAO, TBT, SPS, etc. Comments are collected and taken into consideration, final version of the standard was approved and the standard is now officially released. The standard is a core part and the main tool of the NQS which is expected to improve the quality of Egyptian MAP products and hence improve their position at export markets.