Homeopaths in the UK are about to find out what it’s like to be properly regulated… and they don’t like it. Consolidation of existing regulations by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will come into force in July 2012 despite a vigorous campaign by supporters of homeopathy. While the details of the regulations take a little effort to get your head around, there are a couple of good summaries of the situation, particularly on the UK Parliament website.
Consolidation of the regulations in this way does nothing more dramatic than bring homeopathy products under the same restrictions as other products that make therapeutic claims.
This is a big problem for homeopaths because the situation in the UK is that there are only five appropriately qualified pharmacies under the regulations which can dispense the four dozen or so formally registered potions that can be legally sold.
All other homeopathic prescribing and supply not involving a face-to-face consultat...
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