Herbal Medicines

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Botanical sourcing and sustainability priorities for 2021

By By Michael McGuffin, President, American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

Each New Year presents an opportunity to take stock of where we are and to reevaluate our priorities for the near- and long-term future. We each make our resolutions and then motivate ourselves to meet our goals, whether modest or lofty. With 2021 upon...

Valerian: Medicine or supplement? Or both?

MHRA refutes ECJ influence in UK herbal supplements policing

By Shane Starling

UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says investigations are ongoing into a number of ‘borderline’ herbal products, and that its enforcement actions are not being swayed by recent European Union court decisions.

Short shelf life: EU legislation could ban tradtional Chinese medicines such as those made from gingkobiloba.

Legal action against EU’s herbal medicines ban 'imminent'

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.

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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