European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association
Representing Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Across Europe

Department of Health Steering Group on the Regulation of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine

This DH Steering Group was established in early 2006.

The overall purpose or aim of the Steering Group is to establish clear guidelines covering the regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and TCM practitioners, including a range of smaller groups mainly of herbal or traditional medicine practitioners following specific cultural traditions (e.g. Ayurvedic, Tibetan etc). This encompasses three tasks:

  1. to consider the implications of the broader reviews of medical and non-medical regulation for regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and TCM practitioners;
  2. to co-ordinate stakeholder comments on specific proposals for legislation; and
  3. to prepare the way for formal regulation by identifying issues and proposing options in relation to education and training, registration, fitness to practice and other aspects of regulation.

Membership of the Group includes a lay Chair and lay members, representatives of each of the professions, chairs of the Stakeholder Groups and observers from the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Department of Health, Skills for Health, Health Professions Council, the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health and the devolved administrations.

Papers relating to the work of the Steering Group:

Steering Group Meeting Minutes:
9 March 2007
28 November 2006
19 September 2006
22 June 2006

Stakeholder Chairs Meeting Minutes:
19 January 2007
3 November 2006
31 July 2006

Steering Group response to the MHRA Discussion Papers on the Reform of S12(1) (March 2007)
Trust, Assurance & Safety: The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century (February 2007)
Steering Group Response to Foster Review (November 2006)