The HMPC provides scientific opinions on questions relating to herbal medicines. Its mandate as defined in Reg. (EC) No 726/2004 and Dir. 2001/83/EC is to establish European Union herbal monographs for traditional and well-established use herbal medicines, and to draft entries to the European Union list of herbal substances, preparations and combinations thereof for use in traditional herbal medicinal products. Monographs and list entries as prepared by the Agency facilitate granting nationally traditional use registrations and well established use marketing authorisations for herbal medicines, allowing them to be placed onto the EU market.