chapter  6
United Kingdom
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In the United Kingdom,1 herbal remedies that are industrially produced are regulated as drugs (“relevant medicinal products”).2 Herbal remedies were legally defined in 1968.3 Some herbal remedies are exempt from premarket approval requirements. The classification “industrially produced” excludes botanicals that are manufactured or assembled in lockable premises (i.e., by a practitioner, who can be any person who gives advice on and makes herbal remedies, after a personal consultation) and then provided to a particular person in response to that person’s request.4 Plants that have been only dried, crushed, or comminuted and are labeled solely with the name of the plant are also excluded and may be sold through any retail outlet. If the writing on the label or package insert includes the name of the remedy or a recommended use, this exclusion does not apply.5