26 October 2021
Organic Herb Trading first herbal supplier to be awarded 'HerbMark'.
We are proud to be the first organisation in the world to achieve the British Herbal Medicine Association’s (BHMA) newly launched 'HerbMark'. The HerbMark is a quality standard for suppliers of medicinal herbs to practitioners (phytotherapists, herbalists and medical herbalists) and is awarded following the successful completion of an in-depth audit process. Product integrity and safety is of paramount importance to Organic Herb Trading, and so achieving these high standards as a supplier is a significant recognition of our work, with the HerbMark now providing practitioners the ability to buy from easily identifiable, trusted suppliers.
“The HerbMark standard was developed using a combination of 40 years GMP (good manufacturing practice) and Food Safety Standards experience supplemented by site visits to herbal product manufacturing companies to gain an understanding of their processes. The result is an easy to follow and useful assessment tool to enable organisations to carry out a gap analysis which will then drive a continuous improvement program establishing best practice. Organisations will be audited against this standard on a regular basis, typically every two years." Martin Dooley QP
We are long term supporters and members of the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) and its Herbal Practitioner Supplier Scheme (HPSS), and we support the promotion of the use of herbal medicinal products, manufactured to pharmaceutical standards, ensuring consistently high quality and effectiveness for the consumer.
"The objective of the HerbMark® is to provide assurance to herbal practitioners that accredited herbal medicine manufacturers and distributors are working to best practice, providing them with high quality and safe products for use by their patients.” Dr Chris Etheridge, BHMA Chair
The British Herbal Medicine Association has represented the interests of herbal medicine in the United Kingdom for almost 60 years. It was founded in 1964 at a time of increasing regulatory control, when herbal medicine in this country faced an uncertain future, and played an important role in convincing the government of the day to include provisions for the herbal industry and profession in the Medicines Act 1968.
To find out more about the work that the BHMA and HPSS does, visit their website here.