As is the case with acupuncture, there is voluntarily regulation of herbal medicine in the UK. The lead professional body for practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine is the RCHM - Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (see below for information on the benefits of free student membership). As well as fulfilling this role, the RCHM has established and manages an approved suppliers scheme to give assurance to both members and the public that we have sound arrangements for supply of safe, authentic herbs. The RCHM is one of the practitioner associations that together comprise the EHTPA, which sets requirements for accreditation of herbal education.
The Register for Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)
The RCHM is the lead professional body in the UK for practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine and has about 450 members. One of its key roles is to regulate the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and it has been in the forefront of statutory regulation for herbs. The RCHM also promotes the value of herbal medicine to the public and provides excellent CPD opportunities for its members. Students can join the RCHM at the beginning of their training in Chinese herbal medicine, with no charge, and will receive a free copy of the RCHM journal and access to the members section of their website. Once you have successfully completed the first two years of the course you will be eligible to apply for entry to the register.
European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA)
This is the umbrella organisation that has united practitioners of Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Tibetan herbal medicine. The EHTPA was a key player in the discussions and consultations leading towards statutory regulation. It also accredits courses in herbal medicine, against a set of requirements and a common core curriculum for all herbalists.
The taught part of the course (the Postgraduate Diploma element) is fully accredited by the EHTPA.
London South Bank University- a new partnership for the NCA
The College is now partnered with London South Bank University and the MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine is *subject to validation.