The NVF is was founded in 1988.
Our address is:
NVF-bureau, Rijksstraatweg 158, 6573 DG Beek-Ubbergen, the Netherlands
The NVF represents the Netherlands in
ESCOP (European Scientific Co-operative on Phytotherapy)
The NVF is member of the
FMWV (Federation of Scientific Medical
The NVF is a non-profit organisation
The NVF is editor of the Netherlands Journal of Phytotherapy (NTvF,
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Fytotherapie
The NVF has established a chair in the "Immunology of plant compounds" at the Utrecht University (www.pharm.uu.nl), from 1993,
momentarily non occupied.
The NVF has contributed to the foundation of the independent "Stichting Toetsing Fytotherapeutica" (STF) (Foundation for Assessment of Phytomedicines) which
has finished in 2005 a government-funded project in drawing up a framework for assessing commercially available phytomedicines with regard to safety, quality and efficacy.
Since 2005 the" Commissie Keuring
Fytopreparaten" (CKF) (Committee for Assessment of
Botanicals) was founded by STF, producing
master-files for phyto(gen)
Members of the NVF are
At the present (2008) there are about
350 members, of which appr. 25% are pharmacists; appr. 50% are physicians or herbalists; the reminder are biologists, pharmacognosists, staff members of phytopharmaceutical production or trading companies, etc.
A large number of NVF-members (about 65)
studies veterinary use of phytoproducts.
The NVF board members, elected November 2008 for a 3 years period are:
Dr C.J. Beukelman, staff member department of
Medicinal Chemistry and director of PhytoGeniX R&D, Faculty of Pharmacy, Utrecht University ; chairman
Drs L.K. de Munck-Khoe, pharmacist
Dr. M.T.I.W Schüsler- van Hees, pharmacist
Dr. S.F.A.J. Horsten, pharmacognosist
Director of the NVF-bureau is drs A.G.M. van Asseldonk, biologist, phytotherapy lecturer,
The NVF mission is to:
More in particular the NVF promotes
scientific research into the nature, action and safe use of phytomedicines
the input of scientific and empirical knowledge about phytomedicines in education
legal definition of the status of phytomedicines
ready access to phytomedicines for physicians, pharmacists, consumers, etc.
reliable product information for phytomedicine users
publication of plant monographs containing guidelines for preparation and analysis of
scientific meetings on phytomedicines and phytotherapy
Activities that were undertaken and still are being continued by the NVF in the Netherlands are:
establishing of a chair in the "immunology of plant compounds" at the Utrecht University, (www.pharm.uu.nl ) from 1993-2007, occupied by prof. dr H. van Dijk;
publication of the "Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Fytotherapie" (Netherlands Journal of Phytotherapy) from 1988 (NTvF)
foundation of the independent "Commissie Toetsing Fytotherapeutica" (CTF) (Committee for Assessment of
Phytomedicines) which from 1991-2005 worked government-funded. Since 2006-2010 the same Foundation installed the CKF(
Committee for Assessment of Phytoproducts).
organization of symposia, short courses and lectures on relevant and actual subjects;
providing guest lectures and speakers for various organizations and educational institutes
promoting reliable information in the general media (by sending letters to the editor, initiating publications, giving interviews etc.);
drawing up and updating a list of the educational opportunities in phytotherapy in the Netherlands and advising about phytotherapy courses;
On an international level the NVF
participates in ESCOP activities (http://www.escop.com )
* Phytotherapy and phytomedicines deserve their rightful place in contemporary health care systems
* Phytomedicines are not yet receiving the attention they merit in academic research and university education
Consumers need to have access to reliable and independent information not only on the use of phytomedicines but also on possible risks