ELENA NICULET, GINA VICA NECULIA, ALIN LAURENTIU TATU, OLIMPIA DUMITRIU BUZIA CURCUMIN- EXTRACTION, PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, FORMULAS AND CONTROL. BASIC METHODS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH Turmeric, with its active component curcumin has been regarded lately as an important potential therapeutic agent due to its properties and many uses. Further research needs to be done both on animals and humans in order for it to be used at a large scale. As curcumin gets absorbed better through topical and not oral administration, curcumin-based pharmaceuticals with skin passage must be devised. In order for this to be done, the need for a standardized, verified and simple extraction method and one for ointment preparation with stability in time rises. We propose in this study a method for curcumin extraction, one that ensures an adequate stability in time and a method for pharmaceutical control.