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CBD, climate crisis, sustainability: ABC takes a look at 2019 and beyond

By Stefan Gafner and Mark Blumenthal, American Botanical Council

The news about CBD and hemp extracts dominated 2019, says the American Botanical Council. But issues surrounding the ongoing climate crisis, questions of sustainability, and the ongoing questions of adulteration were important topics as well.

European Parliament hosts botanicals workshop

SME concerns raised at European Parliament botanicals workshop


More than 70 stakeholders attended a botanicals workshop in the European Parliament’s Brussels offices last week as the heat increases to resolve regulatory ambiguity across the EU for herbal products - especially that ambiguity's impact on SMEs.

UK herbal players have told ministers that the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive 'is not suitable for practitioner-prescribed herbal products'.

UK herbal players unite as government buckles under EU pressure

By Nathan Gray

An special interest group made up of leading players in the UK herbal industry has come together to request an urgent meeting with UK ministers amid reports that the government will back-track on its promises to regulate herbalists under UK rather than...

Food supplement or medicine?

Companies avoid herbal medicine laws; but there is another way...

By Lynda Searby and Shane Starling

A number of companies in the UK are flouting the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) in the belief that the risks of being reprimanded by regulators are outweighed by the profits that can be gleaned from the sale of unregistered...

Medicine or food?

“Shoddy” herbal safety study slammed for bias

By Shane Starling

A study that found 75% of herbal products on sale in the UK were not adequately labelled with safety information has been criticised for mischaracterising the majority of products it assessed like ginseng, ginkgo and St John's wort.

Herbal medicines must be registered under the EU THMPD from this week

THMPD Implementation

Germany and France: EU Herbal Directive won’t damage us

By Shane Starling

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) – fully implemented across the bloc after a seven-year transition period over the weekend – has been welcomed by German and French trade groups, even as opposition mounts against...


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