ECHAMP Annual Report 2016
10 Feb 2017
ECHAMP is pleased to present its 2016 annual report, now available on line.
Homeopathy is a much-debated topic but few critics are familiar with the essential facts. This is a dynamic and evolving field of scientific study with a growing body of high quality clinical evidence and rich experiments into the mechanism of action of these medicines. For its part, industry matches the essential research work with its own serious work to identify appropriate quality standards that satisfy the specific characteristics of these well-established medicinal products.
Our daily experience is that the regulatory framework and its implementation still need to be improved in order to provide sustainable availability of these products throughout the EU. In-depth work by the technical, legal and regulatory experts of ECHAMP last year identified a specific list of points to reduce the regulatory barriers facing our sector on which the European Commission has competence to act, with proposals for concrete solutions. ECHAMP also needs and wishes to support a further development of the Homeopathic Medicinal Products Working Group. A well-functioning regulatory environment with an efficient, transparent umbrella institution is essential if this industry is to meet the growing demand for its products. Finally yet importantly, the debate on appropriate pharmacopoeia standards needs a clear step forward with a solid pharmaceutical approach.
The dual expert input from scientists and industry should be embraced by policy makers, to support their work to set standards and develop appropriate regulation for the sector. Policy makers and decision takers have a responsibility to follow this debate in depth, to understand the evolving evidence base and the specific quality needs, and to make informed decisions based on the most accurate and up-to-date information.
We look forward to your support for our work and our sector during 2017.