web site is to add more information on this subject in the hope
more members of the UK public will come across it. We also desperately
need contact from anyone in the UK who practises, or has practised,
herbal medicine. We know that hundreds of trained herbalists have
dropped out of the Herbal organisations over the years and we need
to know who you are. We need to ask if you will add your support
to the campaign against herbal regulation in the manner being proposed.
is a brief history of the Herbal regulatory process:
consultation process over herbal practitioner regulation was under
the auspices of the The Department of Health. This following a 2001
study by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science Technology.
From this, a Herbal Medicine Regulatory Working Group was set up
to investigate the possibility of regulating Herbal Medicine.
of the consultation processes made significant attempts to contact
the hundreds of independent herbalists throughout the UK.
Instead, they consulted with the pro regulatory organisations who
only represent their members, and a handful of individual herbalists
mostly in the pro lobby. They also consulted with various organisations
who were only of vague relevance to the studies. Complaints were
made about the lack of proper consultations, but no notice was taken.
The consultation process was so weak, that there was not even a
link on the advisory committee website allowing an individual to
contact the chairman to make representations.
most Acts of Parliament there is often a preliminary clause along
the lines of "The Minister after consulting with relevant interests
has decided....." This whole consultation process fails
at that level.
believe that some of the regulations already imposed on herbalists,
and the proposed ones, may be illegal under The Treaty of Rome which
the UK is a signatory to. Also, the Human Rights act has clauses
which we feel apply to this situation. It may be that only a challenge
at the European Court over the UK Government ignoring these Treaty
terms will have any effect on this Governments unjustified restrictions
on our Traditional rights. For more
detailed information click here.
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