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Regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture : Proposals for statutory regulation

  • Launch date:
    2 March 2004
  • Closing date:
    7 June 2004
  • Creator/s:
    Department of Health
  • Audience:
    Health and social care professionals
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The Department of Health is pleased to launch a consultation document on the statutory regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture practitioners.  This paper seeks views on the statutory professional self-regulation of the herbal medicine and acupuncture professions.

This document follows the recommendation made by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology that it would be in the interests of patients and practitioners for the herbal medicine and acupuncture professions to strive for statutory regulation.

The Department of Health has carefully considered and built on the recommendations of two independent regulatory working groups in developing its proposals for the statutory regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published a linked consultation document on the regulation of unlicensed herbal remedies made up to meet the needs of the individual patients.

Contact Information

The formal consultation period will run from 2 March until 7 June 2004. If you have comments on the proposals or responses to the specific consultation questions, please send them to:

  • Contact:
    Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture Consultation
  • Address:
    Department of Health
    Room 2N35B, Quarry House
    Quarry Hill, Leeds
    United Kingdom
    LS7 2UE
  • Email:

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