The MRHA regulations affecting Herbal Medicine

The law concerning the sale of herbal medicines is changing. From 30th April 2011 only herbal medicines that have product licenses will be allowed to be sold across the counter. All unlicensed medicines will only be allowed to be sold by prescription, after a consultation with a qualified herbal practitioner.

The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is a piece of EU legislation that is being adopted all over Europe and the UK is leading the way. It is driven by the need for public safety and as such I am in favour of it. Retailers will be allowed to sell through any unlicensed remedies that they have in stock, so it will be a few months before you notice the change.