Herbal Synergy 

Food and Drug Consulting Company




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Herbal Synergy is a consulting company that specializes in the food and drug regulations of the United States.  Our experts have over 26 years of experience (17 years in the government setting) with food and drug laws and regulations. 

Our expertise includes: 

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations in drugs and dietary supplements
  • Validation issues
  • Auditing
  • Quality Control
  • Meeting U.S. Pharmacopeia Standards
  • Import and Export of drugs and herbal products, Labeling, and Packaging
  • Clinical Trials (Pre-Clinical to Phase I) and Human Subject Protection
  • Evaluation of pharmacology and toxicology of drugs and dietary supplements

The United States’ food and drug regulations are complex and confusing.  Herbal Synergy regularly assists its clients in navigating through the regulatory maze to achieve legal sale status of their products, licensing, validation of process and/or equipment, facility audit and management, planning and organizing, and training of personnel.  Herbal Synergy has knowledge of both the United States and International markets.  We have experiences in assisting clients to evaluate market potential of the products.

 Dr. Richard Ko, the founder of Herbal Synergy, received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and his Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  His doctoral dissertation was on pharmacokinetic drug interactions.  He was a Research Scientist (Food and Drug Scientist) at the California Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Branch for 16 years. In his government role, he was actively involved in regulating dietary supplements and investigating herbal products related injury and death.  He has published peer review articles and has made numerous presentations in the dietary supplement area.  He is currently serving on the U.S. Pharmacopoeia Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee.  Dr. Ko is fluent in English and Chinese.

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