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Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the Final Report on Extending Professional and Occupational Regulation, covering the statutory regulation of practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. [HL2436]

Members of the Extending Professional and Occupational Regulation working group are currently reviewing drafts of the report. It is expected that it will be finalised in the next few weeks for submission to Ministers for consideration and publication.

A consultation on the regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners is due to be launched once the report on extending professional and occupational regulation is published.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in the absence of statutory regulation of practitioners of herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, what assessment they have made of the number of practitioners in those disciplines who will not qualify to be considered as "authorised health professionals" when Article 5 of European Medicines Directive 2001/83/EC comes into force in 2011, and who will therefore be unable to access traditional herbal medicinal products. [HL2437]

The ability of herbal and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to commission the manufacture of an unlicensed herbal medicine to meet individual patient needs is one of the issues that will be covered in the forthcoming consultation on the regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the press release issued by Mr Ben Bradshaw on 13 June 2008 stating that he intended “to consult publicly for a three-month period this summer” on the regulation of acupuncturists, herbalists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, when they will issue such a consultation paper. [HL2438]

The consultation will be launched once the report of the Extending Professional and Occupational Regulation Working Group has been published.