The Register is a member of the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA), an umbrella organisation which represents the Western, Chinese (and other Oriental) and Ayurvedic traditions.
The EHTPA has done a huge amount of work over recent years in preparation for the statutory regulation of herbal medicine in the UK, including the drawing up of curricula and establishing an Accreditation Board to accredit herbal medicine courses which have met the appropriate standards. Working groups on statutory regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture reported to the Department of Health in 2003, and in 2006 a Joint Working Group was set up by the Department in order to pave the way for a joint statutory body to cover regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Government announced on 16th February 2011 that herbalists, including practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine, will be regulated by the Health Professions Council from April 2012.
These changes in the regulation of the profession are being accompanied by changes in medicines law to give the public further protection and ensure access to safe, high quality herbal medicines to practitioners registered by the future statutory body. The RCHM has been intimately involved in all these processes.