Calling all UK homeopaths! Important developments are occurring in your profession, and we believe the current campaign directed at UK Members of Parliament (MPs) won’t give you all the information you need. Download and read our new feature right away!

What’s going on?

A high-profile campaign by representatives of homeopathy in the UK claims that long-cherished prescribing rights are on the verge of being lost, with the result that patients will find it far more difficult to get the specific homeopathic remedies they need. 

The concerns stem from a spot of legal spring-cleaning being performed by the UK’s medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Having decided, quite rightly, that UK medicines legislation is fragmented, overly complex and difficult to follow, the MHRA is in the process of consolidating all the relevant laws into one piece of legislation. 

A consultation took place earlier this year, and homeopaths, their professional organisations and homeopathic pharmacies all contributed concerns and suggestions. According to the letter-writing campaign, these concerns were not acted upon by the MHRA – and the consolidated legislation will cause enormous difficulties for UK homeopaths and their patients.

The truth in brief

When we looked into it, we found that the legal situation appears to be somewhat at odds with the information provided in the campaign. In short, we don’t think that the MHRA’s legal consolidation will change anything, because professional homeopaths in the UK have never had the legal right to prescribe anything – and that includes the unlicensed homeopathic remedies that constitute the major part of the Materia Medica. 

You need to know this information!

UK homeopaths – if you are going to make an informed decision about this issue, and perhaps your professional future, you owe it to yourself to read our feature. Homeopathy exists in a legal grey area, and we don’t feel that the current campaign provides all the facts you need.

It’s not just the UK...

Confusion about homeopathy is the norm throughout Europe. According to Steve Gordon, General Secretary of the European Central Council of Homeopaths, “The situation elsewhere in the EU is, at least, heterogeneous. In fact, it’s a complete mess. The EU Directives have attempted to harmonise the situation across Europe...but the unharmonised way the new regulations are being interpreted and implemented in many countries is making it more difficult and expensive for the manufacturing companies to make their products. It’s a bit of a nightmare for everyone.”

Call to action

  1. Read the feature
  2. Contact your professional organisation and the homeopathic pharmacies and share our interpretation of the legal situation with them. A new and more effective lobbying strategy may be required and the best place to start is a point of total transparency!

List of homeopathic pharmacies

Professional organisations:

Society of Homeopaths

Alliance of Registered Homeopaths

British Homeopathic Association

Homeopathic Medical Association

Other organisations that may be involved in the campaign:

Faculty of Homeopathy

Homeopathy Action Trust



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