European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association
Representing Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Across Europe

Validation of Herbal Medicine Courses


Validating Herbal Medicine Courses

For the past two decades, the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) has provided an accreditation process for degree (Level 6) courses offering training in herbal medicine that have been validated by universities. With the number of universities able to provide validation of herbal training now fewer than previously, the EHTPA is delighted to announce that ABC Awards through its Quality Licence Scheme Plus+ (QLS+) has agreed to validate herbal medicine courses to ensure that training in herbal medicine is at Level 6. The ABC scheme is independent of the EHTPA. Courses that have successfully undergone the ABC audit process described below will be able to apply for EHTPA Accreditation.

Validation and accreditation: what is the difference?

Validation confirms that the course's:

  • academic level has been set appropriately for Level 6
  • curriculum and structure meet the specified academic standard
  • educational and intellectual demands are appropriate for a Level 6 award
  • quality processes are in place to maintain academic standards
  • standards and quality of assessment, learning and teaching are commensurate with Level 6
  • learning resources are of appropriate standard and quality.

EHTPA Accreditation confirms that the course:

  • Meets all the requirements of the EHTPA Core Curriculum, including the relevant tradition-specific 8th Module in Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tibetan Herbal Medicine or Western Herbal Medicine.
  • Provides an overarching curriculum strategy for the course as a whole. This includes evidence that:
  • all EHTPA Learning Outcomes are assessed at an appropriate level
  • on successful completion of the course graduates will be fit to practise
  • there is both formative and summative assessment of theory and clinical practice at key stages throughout the course
  • there is at least one summative clinical assessment which incorporates the application of theory to practice towards the end of the course.

EHTPA Accreditation and ABC Awards QLS +

By achieving the ABC Awards QLS + and, thus, Validation of Level 6 Equivalency, a course offering training in herbal medicine will have satisfied the EHTPA requirement that all accredited courses must be independently validated as a Level 6 course. Validation by itself does not lead to EHTPA accreditation. Validated courses have to meet all the other EHTPA accreditation criteria.

For details of the EHTPA's Accreditation Processes and initial discussions about validation, contact Harvey Woolf, Independent Chair of the EHTPA Accreditation Board at

Click here to download the full text of the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme Plus+(QLS+) (pdf).