Question by froufrou: “the dilema over herbal legislation”, what do you think of this?
………obviously i direct this at that who DO use or agree with herbal medicine in some form
…”from april next year new eurpoean legistaltion will come into force
this means every single herbal product on the uk market must have a licence and comply with official standards
this may sound liek a solution [to the problem of false practictioners and claims]
but for many herbal manufacturers the cost of licencing is very /too expensive and many will have to be withdrawn, this includes comonly used things like ginko biloba and echinacea”
nice to see the view of ‘who are they kidding’ when it comes to cost being too high ;-|
are people really tha tnaive to think its only them who have topay too high prices for things?
the point is yes, rich companies can, and do get licences,
but the smaller buisness cant and wont, and thte smaller ones,
obviously are in the herbal buisness given that its still not even socially accepted yet so its still not mainstream
no ones debating the need for licencing, everyones for it
its just the fact that , as with everything,its gonna go too far, and affect things it shouldnt
, if some things have to be shelved because the licence fee is too high for smaller companies to afford
we are back to buying the same old usual stuff from the larger ones,
the ones that can afford to make us pay absurd amounts, the ones we all despise now for doing that with medication etc
the licence as with everything itself needs to be either perfect or regulated
Answer by Nitram
It’s an excellent idea. ‘Tis about time that those who make claims about the medical benefits of herbs are able to substantiate those claims and package the treatments up such that there is a known and standard strength in each dose.
If they don’t want to pay for the cost of licensing then they won’t be in the market of peddling their wares.
There is (of course) nothing to stop you going out and just buying herbs or growing it in your garden.
It’s exactly the same as when it happened with herbicides and pesticides, everyone was looking at the -ve side and saying how it would affect everyone and you wouldn’t be able to buy stuff anymore. All that happened was stuff like Jeyes Fluid changed the labels to remove the parts about being able to spray your veggies with it. You can still purchase copper sulphate and make your own bordeaux mixture, the garden police are not going to come out and arrest you.
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