Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee  final summary minutes (MHRA-UK 2022)

The Traditional Herbal Medicines Directive (Directive 2004/24/EC) was published on 30 April 2004. Products which were legally on the UK market on 30 April 2004 were not required to comply with the Directive until 30 April 2011. This meant that where an unlicensed herbal remedy sold under Section 12(2) of the Medicines Act had transitional protection, by April 2011 it must have had either a traditional herbal registration or a marketing authorisation or it must have been removed from the market. This transitional protection did not apply to any products placed on the UK market at any time from 30 April 2004 on wards.