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Department of Health Announcement

Regulation of practitioners using unlicensed herbal medicines goes to HPC.

CNHC heard on 16 February that the regulation of practitioners using unlicensed herbal medicines will lie with the Health Professions Council as a statutory regulator. CNHC recognises that its own strengths and experience are in voluntary regulation and as such understand that HPC is the more appropriate regulator.

Maggy Wallace, CNHC Executive Chair, said ‘We know that the professions concerned have long sought statutory regulation and we are pleased for them. We are sorry that we will not be developing further our recent contacts with colleagues but wish them well in the future and will watch their progress with interest.

We were pleased to be asked to bid for this important work and we welcome the Health Minister's positive statements regarding the work of CNHC in relation to voluntary regulation.'

In her decision letter to CNHC, Anne Milton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Health, said: ‘As you know I am very supportive of voluntary regulation and the work that CNHC has been doing since its inception in 2008. CNHC has achieved a great deal in three years and I am especially interested to learn of the increasing numbers of registrants you have attracted over the past few months.'

Added: 2011-02-16 00:00:00.0
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