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Chinese Materia Medica Chemistry Section

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About the Section

Chinese medicine samples
Chinese medicine samples

The Department of Health (DH) started up the Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards (HKCMMS) Project in 2002 to develop standards for commonly used Chinese Metaria Medica (CMMs) in phases to ensure the safe use and the quality of CMMs on sale in Hong Kong. Since its inception, GL has assisted in the development of HKCMMS through the provision of analytical support to DH to develop protocols for commonly used safety tests, conduct inter-laboratory comparison studies on chemical methods developed by the research institutions, as well as trial run studies on the developed HKCMMS. To reaffirm the government's commitment to the establishment of standards for CMMs, the Section was established in May 2015 to provide sustainable and steady technical support to DH for carrying out the important inter-laboratory verification and trial-run studies as well as other scientific support to DH for the sustainability of the project.

 


Responsibilities

The key responsibilities are:

  1. To verify analytical methods developed by the participating research institutes for the Chinese Materia Medica (CMM);
  2. To conduct the subsequent trial run studies;
  3. To provide scientific support to DH for the sustainability of the HKCMMS project such as performing reviews and revisions of the commonly used safety methods and monographs so developed.

Key Personnel

Senior Chemist : Dr. Y L Wong
(Tel. No.: 2210-7027 E-mail: [email protected])

Chemist
(E-mail address)
Tel. No.
Dr. K L Chan, Chemist
([email protected])
2210-7010
Dr. S O Siu, Chemist
([email protected])
2210-7010


Key Instruments

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph — Tandem Mass Spectrometer
High Performance Liquid Chromatograph — Tandem Mass
Spectrometer

The following instruments are used routinely by the Section:

  • Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detector, Electron Capture Detector and Mass Selective Detector
  • Ultra High Performance / High Performance Liquid Chromatographs with Fluorescence Detector, Evaporative Light Scattering Detector and Photodiode Array Detector
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph - Tandem Mass Spectrometer