“the dilema over herbal legislation”, what do you think of this?

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but for many herbal manufacturers the cost of licencing is very /too expensive and many will have to be withdrawn, this includes comonly used things like ginko biloba and echinacea”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

Best answer:

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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5 thoughts on ““the dilema over herbal legislation”, what do you think of this?

  1. The cost of licensing is too much?

    Bear in mind that these are very rich companies we are talking about.
    New chapter, Nutraceutical (Solaray, KAL, Thompson, etc), Biochem (Country Life), Solgar, etc, had profits in the hundreds of millions last year, so no one can tell me these companies can’t afford a license.

    That’s a crock.

  2. Anything that better regulates the quality and content of these often contaminated products will always be welcome.

    The only people this is going to affect is very small manufacturers who cannot assure us of the safety of their products; they’ll still be plenty of larger ones churning this stuff out.

    Stating a specific product followed by “…many will have to be withdrawn..” to infer that the product will no longer be available is utter rubbish.

    Hopefully this legislation will prevent more incidences such as this: http://emj.bmj.com/content/25/11/781.abstract

  3. Whenever something is altered to (supposedly) accommodate the public, something else must be sacrificed, especially when the government has a hand in it!

    Peace and Blessings
    (((Frou)))

    *Love that “eye”! lol!

  4. Professional herbalists are in favour of it.
    Health Canada has a similar procedure in place and it hasn’t harmed the major suppliers who can substantiate quality and potency as labelled through independent testing. It’s not such a big deal. Anyone who is interested in using natural supplements usually does some research to make sure that they understand such things as optimum dose and that “proprietary blends” targeted towards major health conditions can fall short of optimum dose or essential ingredients.
    What the public should be rightly concerned about is not having access to herbal supplements without paying exhorbitant prices because of ludicrous regulations — no one has ever died taking herbal supplements.
    Pharmaceutical products are a totally different story, and should occupy a place of much higher concern because despite supposed tight regulation there are hundreds of thousands of fatalities a year involving properly prescribed drugs (many times more than illegal street drugs), and it’s anyone’s guess when some other toxic drug will be pulled off the market after claims that it was tested to be “safe” .
    If a herbal supplement killed 200,000 like the drug Vioxx the company would be shut down and the owner jailed. Why isn’t this the case with drug companies?
    There is a huge body of research on the benefits of herbal supplements. Some people just don’t read them and claim that they don’t exist… that’s the real crock.

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