Pharmaexcil wants WTO to take up UK ban issue

Published: 7-Jul-2014

Says MHRA ban of unlicensed herbal products in UK is violation of trade interest

Troubled by the plight of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) exporters in the wake of UK drug regulator the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) recent ban on the sale of unlicensed herbal products in UK, the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) is seeking the intervention of the World Trade Organisation on this issue.

In a recent directive, the MHRA had stopped the immediate sale and use of all herbal medicines without registration or a product licence in Europe.

The Council has roundly condemned the stand taken by the MHRA, stating that the ban was 'a clear violation of trade interest', and a matter that the Commerce Ministry should bring to the attention of the WTO.

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