Or the art to be a consumer
In a period of about 10 years, the European Union has introduced laws that significantly limit our access to medicinal plants. This regulation has been in accordance with EU regulations compulsorily incorporated into the laws of member states, including the Czech Republic. Impact is the following:
- Medicinal plants when it is sold as a food (or supplements), it is not possible to provide any information about their healing effects.
- Medicinal plants, if sold that are healing now fall under the scope of laws created for synthetic chemical drugs. This was accomplished by redefining the subject of the Pharmaceuticals Act.
- 99.9% of medicinal plants and natural products is absolutely forbidden to sell. Except (of 0.1%) are those for which the contractor proves that in a significant amount consumed in the EU prior year. 1997. This system is known. Novel Food ( "novel foods") was approved trick - under the pretext of protection GM crops. GM crops from it were subsequently removed by another Regulation.
The European Parliament first extended the scope of the law, which was originally created and designed for industrial production of drugs (generics). The newly subject to this Act, anything that presents itself as a "healing" or "acting preemptively." Note that this EU-legislation (probably intentionally) does not specify the definition of the merits of the subject, but by how it speaks about what information a customer receives when buying.
Grower, processor or seller of medicinal plants, so if he wants to continue marketing their medicinal effects, so must follow this law, ie it must become a pharmaceutical company and register all the individual products as well as industrial medicine. It is but normal herbalist impossible (eg. The reasons already high fees), not to mention that it would be absurd if every registered herbalist its agrimony, plantain, royal sip ... This is the real reason why everyone started herbs sold as dietary supplements.
Described above conclusions are simplified, but not exaggerated. The EU has already a large part of medicinal plants in the Czech Republic is not legal to sell. For those remaining are also no longer allowed to explain any healing effects. If you think that you yourselves spend three months studying European law - are written deliberately complicated. To them, but do not detract from the validity. They are written so that consumers cut off from the natural medicinal sources and created a monopoly of synthetic drugs.
There's no use that memorable day, November 17, 2012 was the workhorse of the Brussels Regulation protibylinných Commissioner John Dalli deposed for corruption , bad laws we stayed after him sadly.