Tuesday, May 3, 2011

European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products, Directive 2004/24/EC Overview and info list!

This is the longest gap between posts in this 5 year old blog!

I have been a busy bee!

However I have been prevented from an early catch up sleep tonight to bring you the news on a policy that came into final action 1st May in Europe.

Following is a brief personal overview of the law, how it is established in Australia already and a gathering of main information sites and action sites.

Its a regulatory law on herbal medicines.

An overview of it seems to suggest that it is for large scale safe practice. It does not apply to formulas made up after one on one consultations. However products made and sold on to many consumers are regulated in with this law, under a GMP stipulation (Good Manufacturing Practice).

From what I can understand, in Australia, this is already in practice. Australia has been a member of this European convention and adopted its own GMP standard already.

For your overall perusal and understanding:

The European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive 2004/24/EC

Herbs already under this directive in Australia, a herbs seller in Sydney outlines this 
What Maciocia says:

Information before you sign the petition (like I did already!)

A popular petition you can sign against the directive

A scientist's opinion on the petitition

Hope this gives you an overview to make an informed choice from

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