Competitiveness of herbal medicines in Europe

25. Oct 2022 — Register Here

In recent years, manufacturers of food, and in particular of food supplements belonging to this category, have been launching more and more products on the market that also contain herbal substances (so-called botanicals). These are often extracts that consumers are also familiar with from herbal medicines. It is not uncommon for health claims to be made on these food supplements with reference to the plant substances. As a result, consumers can hardly distinguish these products from pharmaceuticals.

While pharmaceutical manufacturers have to scientifically prove the effectiveness of the drugs, there has been no individual examination of the health claims for food supplements. This is becoming a problem for consumers and manufacturers of herbal medicines. These problems could be avoided if the EU Health Claims Regulation (1924/2006) were properly applied. However, the official assessment of these “health claims” for botanicals has been suspended by the European Commission since 2010, so that health claims in botanicals are still de facto not regulated.

Against this background, the former judge of the Federal Constitutional Court, Professor Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio, was instructed to check whether the transitional provisions of the Regulation are still applicable. Prof. Di Fabio will present the results of his legal opinion at a press conference, followed by a panel discussion with representatives of EU institutions and the healthcare industry to exchange views on possible approaches.

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