European Medicines Evaluation Agency Considers Homeopathic Medicines
EMEA Workshop On Homeopathic Medicinal Products Concludes To Strengthen Harmonization, But Accept Different National Traditions.
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) organized a workshop on homeopathic medicinal products on 27 October 2006 at the request of the European Commission. The workshop provided a forum for discussion among all stakeholders, patients, practitioners, manufacturers, and regulators on the current legislative framework for homeopathic medicines. The workshop addressed strengths and weaknesses identified in the current situation, as well as potential threats and opportunities for improvement.
The participants concluded that the process of harmonization should be strengthened, but that the different traditions in homeopathy in the EU Member States should be accepted. In addition, more experience with the registration procedures for homeopathic medicines within the current framework should be gained, with a view to maintaining availability of a broad range of homeopathic medicines.
The workshop brought together some 50 experts from industry, healthcare professional and patient associations, as well as regulatory authorities.
The main topics of discussion were:
- The impact of recent revisions to homeopathic legislation on manufacturers, patients and healthcare professionals across the EU in terms of access, availability and affordability of homeopathic remedies, including anthroposophic homeopathic medicinal products;
- The challenges within the current regulatory framework as regards harmonization and its limitations;
- Experience gained with the mutual-recognition procedure so far, and what can be learned from it for the future;
- The role, achievements and responsibilities of the Homeopathic Medicinal Products Working Group (HMPWG);
- The role of the European Pharmacopoeia in the development of monographs in the field of homeopathy.
The outcome of the workshop will eventually be presented in a report to the European Commission, based on input provided by all parties attending.