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European pilot studies are under way

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1570
  1. Simon Y Mills, Projects coordinator
  1. Centre for Complementary Health Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4PU

    EDITOR,--Guy Vautier and R C Spiller call for better monitoring of the safety of herbal remedies.1 They are correct in identifying a serious gap in provisions. It may be helpful to elaborate on the situation and outline some steps that are being taken to improve matters.

    Several hundred herbal products are available in Britain with full product licences as medicines under the terms of the Medicines Act and relevant European directives. These have to comply with tight criteria concerning quality, and their manufacturers are obliged …

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