9 June 2011 UPDATE: Within two weeks of the herbal ban, a lethal bacterium began killing people in Germany, and has spread across Europe. New info indicates the germ is bioengineered with Bubonic Plague DNA. ~Ed.
By Mike Stones
A legal challenge to new EU legislation, implemented on May 1, which could ban thousands of traditional herbal medicines is “imminent,” a spokesperson for the UK-based Alliance for Natural Health told NutraIngredients.
Short shelf life: EU legislation could ban traditional Chinese medicines such as those made from gingko biloba.
After donations of about £100,000 (~$162,000), the alliance is making final preparations to its legal case for a judicial review of the EU’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
After an initial hearing in London, the case will be referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
The new legislation requires that traditional herbal medicinal products, many of which have been used in Europe for decades, must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner in order to comply with a directive passed in 2004.
In the UK over-the-counter herbal medicine products require either a Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration (THR) or a full marketing authorisation. To be eligible for a licence, products must have been on the market for 30 years, including 15 within the EU.
So far, about 100 herbal products have been registered under the THR scheme, which is run by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The alliance fears the law will have the effect of banning thousands of herbal medicines and drive consumers on line to buy unregulated products.
“The main losers are those products associated with world’s longest, most established and most evolved and holistic systems of healthcare, notably Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicines,” according to a Robert Verkerk, the alliance’s executive and scientific director. “Less familiar and less globalised traditions such as Tibetan, Korean, southern African and Amazonian traditions also fall victim.”
Only about 200 herbal products are thought to qualify for use under the new legislation. Most are products derived from alcoholic extracts of single herbs that are common to the European phyto-pharmaceutical tradition, claims the alliance.
Despite the implementation of the legislation on May 1, existing herbal medicines stocked before April 30 this year can still be sold until the expiry date on the label. That may extend their shelf life for up to three years.
Read more at NutraIngredient
Typical nanny state thinking, creating and solving a problem that does not exist with one hand while they allow poisons to be administered with the other. When only the nanny is left is when they will finally be happy.
Here is the site where you can sign Alliance for Natural Health Avaaz petition The numbers right now are pushing one million from all over the world avaaz.org/en/eu_herbal_medicine_ban
I can’t see the link for the petition could you please respond to this post with it? Thanks.
Thanks Doc for the link.
I have been using herbal medicine for many years and have seldom ever needed to consult a GP. My parents have been virtually condemned to an existence which involves regular visits to the GP’s for check-ups and prescriptions for ever more toxic drugs, some of which are merely to counter the adverse side effects of the previously prescribed toxic tablets. Unfortunately they cannot stop using these drugs as their physical condition has become totally dependent upon them for their continued existence.
One day the world will wake up to the corruption that is big pharma.
I have seen this in my own family and most times there is nothing I can do about it. I also did some teaching in rest homes and I would see them come and go, very sad.
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