Herbal medicine / Phytotherapy

NewsNew regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries:

Switzerland: 29 March 2016 Press release from the Swiss Federal Office of Internal Affairs (EDI). Read more.

Turkey: October 27, 2014 new law on Regulations for Traditional and Complementary Medicine Practice. Read more

Notice! All text below is copied from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec 31, 2012

Herbal medicine/Phytotherapy as a treatment is directly regulated in 10 of 39 countries. The regulations of medicinal products are described in the Delivery 9, WP2 Report no. 2.

Herbal medicine / Phytotherapy in 39 European/EU countries

Figure from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec, 2012. (Click on image to enlarge)

In all 39 countries treatments like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy and others would probably include herbal medicine/phytotherapy treatment regulations.

In Albania herbal medicine is regulated in the law on health care as an alternative
therapeutic system. Bulgaria has educational regulations for herbal medicine providers in the health law. In Germany the treatment is common among medical doctors and Heilpraktikers, and regulated by the medicines act as a distinct therapeutic system.

In Hungary the CAM law regulates Phytotherapy. In Portugal phytotherapy is regulated by law on the provision of non-conventional therapies. In Romania herbal therapy is recognized as a CAM therapy in the group “herbal practice” in the law on CAM. In Serbia the CAM by law lists phytotherapy as “a method of treatment suitable for practise”. In Spain a new act is in progress, and “nature medicine as a medical act is only allowed to practise by medical doctors”. In Switzerland herbal medicine is included in federal laws and detailed regulation is delegated to medical and non-medical associations. In UK regulation of herbal medicine practitioners is voluntary. Statutory regulation is in progress.

Herbal medicine phytotherapy Regulated profession and EU registered in 39 European/EU countries

Table from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec, 2012


Go directly to the regulation of Herbal medicine/Phytotherapy in a specific country: Albania – Austria – Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bulgaria Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic –
Denmark – Estonia – Finland France – Germany– Greece – Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Israel 
Italy – Latvia – Liechtenstein Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malta MontenegroNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaSerbiaSlovakiaSlovenia –  SpainSwedenSwitzerland TurkeyUnited Kingdom