The new amendments apply to the 17 designated Chinese herbal medicines in the schedule of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (“the Ordinance”). The revised limits for heavy metals and toxic elements standards have come into effect on 31 December 2023, and a grace period of 12 months will be implemented thereafter (i.e., until 30 December 2024) for businesses to be able to adapt to the related amendments.

For details of the latest arrangement on revised limits of heavy metals and toxic elements in Chinese herbal medicines (Chinese version only), please visit: