European Regulation to Prohibit Sale of Many Herbal Medicines

European Regulation to Prohibit Sale of Many Herbal Medicines

A number of herbal medicines would be taken off the shelves in the coming year after the implementation of European regulations.

Beginning from May 1, it would not be allowed to sell a majority of herbal remedies. Only the commercialization of a handful of herbal drugs will be continued such as echinacea for colds.

At presently, in UK, there are around 2500 qualified herbalists and Chinese medicine practitioners. With the enforcement of the regulations and they not being the signatories of the statutory regulation scheme would no longer be able to prescribe a number of herbal medicines.

But, practitioners are of the view that the licensing is so expensive that they cannot afford so. In many herbal medicines, a variety of herbs are used and this is the reason their licensing is expensive. As estimated by the Alliance for Natural Health, for each herb, the cost of the license is £100,000 and till now, no Chinese or ayurvedic medicines have got the license.

As an impact of regulation, a number of members would not be able to get some of the medicines and this way the total loss to their business would be between 15-20%, as expressed by Jane Gray, President National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

On account of the safety concerns associated with herbal medicines, the regulation has been passed.