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GP concern over Prince Charles herbal medicines lobbying

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I think that Prince Charles was as ineffective as homeopathy. The EU Directive concerned is the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive 2004/24/EC of 31 March 2004, which was published in the OJ (Official Journal of the EU) on 30 April 2004. According to Article 3 of the Directive, the latter is the date it came into force. Article 2 mandated that the transition period (where non-registered herbal products could still be placed on the market) could end as late as 30 April 2011 (seven years after it came into force) - the actual date set in the UK was 31 March 2011. We don't know whether the Government had originally intended to end the transition period on an earlier date and whether Tony Blair was able to push it out to the latest possible date, but it would seem that Prince Charles had little, if any, effect. Perhaps what is more surprising is that Prince Charles doesn't appear to have lobbied for homeopathy. I suspect many homeopathy manufacturers, homeopaths, trade bodies and their supporters (including David Tredinnick MP) will be surprised and disappointed by this revelation. Alan Henness Director The Nightingale Collaboration Challenging misleading healthcare claims

Posted date

15 May 2015

Posted time

9:07pm

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