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Heavy dependency on medicine’s raw material from abroad has pushed the government to develop herbal medicine as one of the 2020-2024 National Research Priorities.
Numerous problems are hindering the development of phytopharmacy in Indonesia, from the reluctance of doctors to prescribe herbal medicines to lack of regulatory support. The industry must work to promote the use of phytopharmaceuticals among medical professionals and the public.
Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has a new task in hand. As head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) he is responsible for down-streaming the results of studies by universities and research institutes.
The Law on the National System of Science and Technology that gave birth to the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) is expected to provide clarity over the form of Indonesia’s research and innovation ecosystem. The absence of an organizational and governance structure at the research and technology ministry/BRIN means that efforts to integrate research and development institutions as well as assessment and implementation have not been implemented.