New Herbal Medicine Laws Nov02
Plans to introduce new standards and safety checks for herbal medicines
across the EU were agreed today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The first stages of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive
were voted through the European Parliament, with MEPs overwhelmingly
backing numerous Conservative amendments, which enforce essential consumer
rights. The Directive, if agreed, introduces basic safety checks to ensure
consistent quality and safety standards and a registration scheme.
Speaking from Strasbourg after the vote, Bashir Khanbhai MEP for Eastern
"Following our amendments, products already on the market will be
safeguarded which should ease the concerns many of my constituents have
expressed over the past few months.
"The UK herbal industry and consumers will benefit from these
positive agreements as our amendments also open the door to allow small
firms to continue innovating and developing new products in this market.
"As a qualified Pharmacist, I will be continuing to fight to ensure
this legislation remains balanced and reasonable in terms of both health
protection and consumer choice."