Herbalist.org.uk: This is a useful website created by UK herbalists to explain what herbal practitioners do, how they treat and background information on herbal medicine. It also lists the professional associations and gives information on how to find a herbalist.
British Acupuncture Council: The BAcC is the UK's main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture by professionally qualified acupuncturists.
PSA: The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care which oversees statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK. They assess performance, conduct audits, scrutinise decisions and report to Parliament. They also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them. They were previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE). They share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to their sector including their concept of right-touch regulation. They monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
Department of Health: A Government department providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications.
European Medicines Agency: The EMEA is a decentralised body of the European Union set up in 1995 responsible for the protection and promotion of public and animal health through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use. Relevant committees include the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) which provides scientific opinions on traditional herbal medicines.
Health Food Manufacturers Association: The HFMA is the trade association for the specialist health product industry.
Health Care Professions Council: The HCPC is a healthcare regulator set up to protect the health and wellbeing of people who use the services of the members of the health professions registered with it. The HCPC currently registers members of 13 professions including physiotherapists, radiographers and art therapists.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency: The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health responsible for ensuring medicines, including herbal medicines, and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. Relevant committees include the Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM). The MHRA registers products under the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive.