Herbal medicines have become part of our lives, but there have been concerns over their quality and safety. A European Union directive on traditional herbal medicinal products will make sure that all herbal medicines on sale in the UK are regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
At the moment the UK herbal market place is a confusing mixture of regulated licensed herbal medicines, herbal products sold as food supplements and unlicensed herbal medicines with no claims and no quality requirements. This can lead to misleading or inaccurate claims for herbal products with a lack of accurate information available as to when it is appropriate for a consumer to use a particular herbal medicine.
To find a practitioner contact the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
- Telephone: 01392 426022
- Webiste: www.nimh.org.uk