As became apparent to anyone who took an interest in the details, the issues are complex and varied. To address this, Avena Consultants has contributed the following report. It documents the history of the process leading up to this recent consultation and explores the arguments for and against. Many thanks to Chantel McGrath for all the work she has put into this.
STATUTORY REGULATION OF HERBALISTS IN THE UK: AN INTRODUCTION
The latest Joint consultation on the Report to Ministers from the DH Steering Group on the SR of Practitioners of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and other Traditional Medicine Systems practiced in the UK has engaged many herbalists in the debate over statutory regulation (SR). This particular debate has been rumbling on for more than ten years and has been divisive with both supporters and opponents of SR attempting to argue their case via the medium of the internet and the press. The debate coupled with confusion about wider herbal product legislation and its impact on herbal medicine practice, has left many herbalists and users of herbal medicine confused.
This report attempts to address the issue of the SR by giving a balanced view of the process and all it entails. All information on laws, white papers, guidelines and consultations has been taken from the original documents to give as accurate a picture as possible.
This report has been divided into the following sections:
- Statutory Regulation of Herbalists: An overview
- What is Statutory Regulation?
- Statutory Regulation: Arguments for
- Statutory Regulation: Arguments Against
- A Historical Perspective: Herbal medicine and the law. 1543 to 2009
- How medicinal product regulation works: Globally, EU and UK
- Timeline of development: Regulation of herbalists and legislation of herbal medicines
- Current Legislation: The EU Traditional Medicine Registration Directive 2004 and Amendments to the Medicines Act 1968
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