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Health: Complementary and Alterntive Medicine

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 10 November (WA 141), whether acupuncturists, herbal medicinalists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners will be able to continue to practise after April 2011 as they do at present, in the absence of statutory regulation and any resulting loss of the supply of third-party products. [HL100]

European directive 2001/83/EC, as amended by the directive on traditional herbal medicinal products (directive 2004/24/EC), does not prevent acupuncturists, herbal practitioners and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners from continuing to practise after April 2011. However, the directive confirms that, following expiry of transitional protection in April 2011, manufactured herbal medicines placed on the market are required to have either a marketing authorisation or traditional herbal registration. This issue was explored in our recent consultation on whether, and if so how, to regulate these practitioners. We are currently assessing responses to that consultation before deciding on the way forward.