March 1, 2004

Rescuing remedies

For thousands of Britons battling the debilitating effects of cancer, depression, even eczema, diet is crucial. They view the vitamins and minerals they take as vital in their fight against sickness. So why does the EU want to cut off … Continue reading

September 7, 2003

Public Meetings

Dr. Robert Verkerk, director of the > Alliance for Natural Health on WHY IRELAND NEEDS TO SUPPORT THE LEGAL CHALLENGE OF THE EU FOOD SUPPLEMENTS DIRECTIVE. Wed 10th Sept, Belfast. Ivanhoe Hotel. 8pm. Thur 11th, Cork, Kingsley Hotel, Western Rd. … Continue reading

May 2, 2003


In the light of the findings of hepatotoxicity in products for internal use, containing Chelidonium Majus (Celandine), the IMB have concluded that there is a negative benefit-risk ratio for oral preparation containing this herb. A voluntary withdrawal has been agreed … Continue reading

December 12, 2002

The Food Supplements Directive

The Food Supplements Directive will only be debated by the Dail, if there is sufficient controversy when it is being transposed into domestic Irish law before July 31st 2003; so pls. voice your concerns to the Dep.of Health and TDs.

November 13, 2002

Food supplements

The European Parliament rejected a Commission proposal to extend pharmaceutical powers to cover food supplements. The proposal was part of a series of amendments to the 1965 medicines directive, put forward in a bid to offer more incentives for innovative … Continue reading

October 9, 2002

Evening Primrose Oil

On the 22nd of August, having tested two Evening Primrose Oil products on the market, the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) announced that the products were to be withdrawn from the market as they did not meet European guidelines.The FSAI’s action … Continue reading

June 8, 2002


The Irish Association of Health Stores is calling for a Natural Health Care Authority to take responsibility for the regulation of all natural health care products and practitioners. This would take over the functions at present in charge of either … Continue reading

February 1, 2002


Traditional herbal and non-herbal medicines have a tremendous potential to contribute to public health. They represent a tradition stretching back over centuries of safe and reliable self-help, and are still the primary form of medication for 80% of the world’s … Continue reading