Herbal practitioner register “still on track”

An influential Conservative MP said last week that Government plans to establish a Statutory Register of Herbal Practitioners remains on track.

Rumours have been rife that ministers are about to shelve the measure that campaigners say is vital to protect consumers and preserve access to the widest range of herbal medicines – many of which have been lost or are severely restricted following implementation of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive

Speaking at last week’s HFMA Parliamentary Reception, David Tredinnick, chair of the Parliamentary Group on Integrated Health, said: “My understanding is that the issue of regulation of herbal practitioners is not on the back boiler. The Government is looking at this and it will be dealt with. It’s taking time because it’s a very complicated issue.”