The EHTPA exists to foster unity within the herbal profession, to promote the availability of professional herbal treatment and to raise standards of training and practice within the profession (see the Common-Core Curriculum below). It campaigns for the legalisation of professional herbal practice throughout the EU as a speciality in its own right.
A central aim of the EHTPA is to encourage the creation of appropriate European legislation that ensures the continuing right of professional herbal practitioners to access traditional herbal medicines. This aim is likely to involve statutory regulation.
The EHTPA seeks to establish minimum standards of training and competence for herbal practitioners of all herbal traditions, so that such practitioners may be recognised as competent and able to practise on an independent basis. To this end, it has established an Accreditation Board that will determine these minimum standards of training and competence, attainment of which will be required for full membership of the EHTPA by any herbal organisation. The EHTPA sees the work of the Accreditation Board as a necessary stepping stone to statutory regulation. The EHTPA has agreed a Common-Core Curriculum which acts as a framework on which to base herbal training and which will underpin the work of the Accreditation Board.
The EHTPA aims to represent the common interests of its member organisations and to lobby on behalf of its member organisations in relation to the European Commission and Parliament, Governments of Member States, the European Medicines Evaluation Agency and the various Medicines Control Agencies of Member States, medical and complementary medicine organisations and the media.
The EHTPA seeks to improve quality controls on native and imported medicinal herbs and products so that the public can be confident in the safety of prescribed herbal medicines. It campaigns for a wide range of herbal medicines to be legally available to qualified herbal practitioners. It seeks to maintain the right of herbal practitioners to prepare, stock and dispense their own medicines.
The EHTPA encourages its member Professional associations to establish ethical and professional standards for all practitioners.