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Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley, on 16 February ((Official Report, Commons, col. WS 78-9), whether the Health Professions Council will establish during 2012 a statutory register for herbalists under Section 12(1) of the Medicines Act 1968.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

As announced in the Written Statement by the Secretary of State on 16 February (Hansard, col. WS 78-9), the Government have decided, jointly with the devolved Administrations, to establish a statutory register for practitioners supplying unlicensed herbal medicines. It is our intention to consult on draft legislation once it is prepared and, subject to parliamentary procedures, we will aim to have the legislation in place in 2012.

The Health Professions Council cannot establish the register until it has the powers to do so, but is working closely with the department on its preparatory work.

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