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The Medicines (Retail Sale or Supply of Herbal Remedies) Order 1977

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1.—(1) This order may be cited as the Medicines (Retail Sale or Supply of Herbal Remedies) Order 1977 and shall come into operation on 1st February 1978.

(2) In this order, unless the context otherwise requires—

the Act” means the Medicines Act 1968;

external use” means

(a)

in relation to medicinal products for use by being administered to human beings, application to the skin, teeth, mucosa of the mouth, throat, nose, ear, eye, vagina or anal canal,

(b)

in relation to veterinary drugs, application to the skin, hair, fur, feathers, scales, hoof, horn, ear, eye, mouth or mucosa of the throat or prepuce,

in either case when a local action only is necessary and extensive systemic absorption is unlikely to occur and references to “medicinal products for external use” shall be read accordingly except that in paragraph (a) above the references shall not include throat sprays, throat pastilles, throat lozenges, throat tablets, nasal drops, nasal sprays, nasal inhalations or teething preparations;

maximum daily dose” or “MDD” means the maximum quantity of the substance contained in the amount of the medicinal product for internal use which it is recommended should be taken or administered in any period of 24 hours;

maximum dose” or “MD” means the maximum quantity of the substance contained in the amount of the medicinal product for internal use which it is recommended should be taken or administered at any one time;

and other expressions have the same meanings as in the Act.

(3) For the purposes of this order, any reference to a substance listed in any Part of the Schedule to this order shall be construed as a reference to the substance having the common name listed therein being a substance obtained from the botanical source listed in relation to that substance.

(4) Except in so far as the context otherwise requires, any reference in this order to any enactment, order or regulations shall be construed as a reference to that enactment or order or to those regulations, as the case may be, as amended, exended or re-enacted by any other enactment, order or regulations.

(5) The rules for the construction of Acts of Parliament contained in the Interpretation Act 1889 shall apply for the purposes of the interpretation of this order as they apply for the purposes of the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

Cessation of exemptions for certain herbal remedies

2.  There are hereby specified the following classes of herbal remedies in respect of which section 56(1) and (2) of the Act (exemptions in respect of herbal remedies) shall not have effect, namely—

(1) herbal remedies that are not medicinal products on a general sale list;

(2) herbal remedies to which section 12(2) of the Act (exemptions from licensing in respect of herbal remedies) does not apply;

(3) herbal remedies to which section 12(2) of the Act does apply but which contain one or more of the substances listed in Part I or Part II of the Schedule to this order.

Exemption for certain herbal remedies

3.—(1) The restrictions imposed by sections 52 and 53 of the Act shall not apply to the sale by retail, offer or exposure for sale by retail or supply in circumstances corresponding to retail sale of any herbal remedy falling within a class specified in Article 2 of this order where the processes to which the plant or plants are subjected consist of drying, crushing or comminuting with or without any subsequent process of tabletting, pill-making, compressing or diluting with water but not any other process, if and so long as the conditions specified in paragraph (2) of this Article are satisfied.

(2) The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) above are that—

(a)the herbal remedy referred to in paragraph (1) above does not contain a substance listed in Part I or Part II of the Schedule to this order,

(b)the person selling or supplying the said herbal remedy is the occupier of the premises from which the said remedy is sold or supplied and is able to close those premises so as to exclude the public, and

(c)the person selling or supplying the said herbal remedy either—

(i)has notified the enforcement authority in writing that he is selling or supplying or intends to sell or supply herbal remedies to which the exemption conferred by paragraph (1) of this Article applies from the premises specified in the notice, or

(ii)is the holder of a manufacturer's licence granted under Part II of the Act in respect of that remedy.

(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) above and subject to paragraph (5) below, the said restrictions also do not apply to the sale by retail, offer or exposure for sale by retail or supply in circumstances corresponding to retail sale of any herbal remedy falling within a class specified in Article 2 of this order if and so long as the conditions specified in paragraph (4) of this Article are satisfied.

(4) The conditions referred to in paragraph (3) above are that—

(a)the herbal remedy referred to in paragraph (3) above does not contain a substance listed in Part I of the Schedule to this order,

(b)the said herbal remedy does not contain a substance listed in column 1 of Part III of the said Schedule except when sold or supplied—

(i)in or from containers or packages labelled to show a does not exceeding the maximum dose or the maximum daily dose specified in column 2 of the said Part III, and

(ii)where the herbal remedy is for external use only, with the percentage of the substance not exceeding that specified in column 3 of the said Part III,

(c)the person selling or supplying the said herbal remedy—

(i)has been requested by or on behalf of a particular person and in that person's presence to use his own judgment as to the treatment required, and

(ii)has notified the enforcement authority in writing that he is selling or supplying or intends to sell or supply herbal remedies to which the exemption conferred by paragraph (3) of this Article applies from the premises specified in the notice.

(5) Where the enforcement authority serves on a person selling or supplying herbal remedies to which the exemption conferred by paragraph (3) of this Article applies a notice requiring him, within such time as may be specified in the notice, to furnish to the enforcement authority a list specifying the substances contained in the herbal remedies which he sells or supplies by virtue of the said exemption, that exemption shall not apply after the time so specified in the notice has elapsed and so long as that person fails to comply with the requirement.

David Ennals

Secretary of State for Social Services

15th December 1977

John Morris

Secretary of State for Wales

15th December 1977

Bruce Millan

Secretary of State for Scotland

15th December 1977

In witness whereof the official seal of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is hereunto affixed on 15th December 1977.

L.S.

John Silkin

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Sealed with the official seal of the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland this 19th day of December 1977.

L.S.

N. Dugdale

Permanent Secretary

Sealed with the official seal of the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland this 20th day of December 1977.

L.S.

J. A. Young

Permanent Secretary

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