Herbal medicinal products have become popular for self medication in the treatment of minor medical conditions. The growing public demand for herbal medicinal products and the associated increase in their use is evident. Effective regulation of herbal medicinal products is considered necessary in order to ensure that safe products of appropriate quality continue to be available in pharmacies, health food stores and other retail outlets.
There are two routes available to license herbal medicinal products in Ireland:
Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration
A significant number of medicinal products despite their long tradition of use do not fulfill the requirements of a well-established medicinal use, with recognised efficacy and acceptable levels of safety and therefore cannot fulfil the requirements for a full MA. For this reason, specific provisions were introduced for traditional herbal medicinal products in accordance with the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (2004/24/EC). This directive was transposed into Irish law by the Department of Health and Children [DoH&C]. The Medicinal Products (Control of Placing on the Market) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 540 of 2007) were implemented on 23rd July 2007 by the Minister for Health and Children.
The directive is designed to provide an appropriate legal framework for placing traditional herbal medicinal products on the market within the European Union. It introduces a simplified registration procedure - the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Registration Scheme.
For further information, visit the Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration section of our website.