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Public opinion on homeopathy in the UK New research shows that 80% of the British population are aware of homeopathy, and 79% open to it. A lack of information and understanding are the highest barriers to use. 19 Feb 2016
Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in the news Positive new developments on homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine often get little media coverage, while attacks on the sector are commonplace, although not always founded on fact. In a brief round-up of relevant news items, we provide useful links and background to some of the recent news stories of relevance to the debate about our sector – both positive and negative. 17 Feb 2016
Taxation of ethanol used in the production of medicinal products A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice confirms that there is no obligation to pay tax on ethanol used for cleaning purposes during the production of medicinal products. This ruling has additional implications for the manufacturers of homeopathic medicinal products. 12 Feb 2016
Parliamentary Written Questions: focusing the attention of the Commission on homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in 2015 ECHAMP provides a round-up of Parliamentary Written Questions in 2015 on this and related topics, and summarises the Commission’s answers. 12 Feb 2016
Homeopathic medicinal products exempt from safety features: significant saving for the sector Homeopathic medicinal products are exempt from the inclusion of safety features now required under new EU legislation on the packaging of many other medicinal products, saving the sector up to €1.4m in investment. 10 Feb 2016
HMPWG meeting report November 2015 The Homeopathic Medicinal Products Working Group (HMPWG) has published a report on its meeting in November. 05 Feb 2016
New faces at DG SANTE Changes at the Directorate General for Health at the European Commission mean some new faces in units relevant to homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. 05 Feb 2016
New HMPWG consultation: List of justified homeopathic stocks ECHAMP is compiling feedback on two new documents concerning the lists of justified homeopathic stocks, released for consultation by the HMPWG. 17 Dec 2015
EU market for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines grows by over 6% a year The market for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in the EU is growing by 6.5% a year. It is now valued at €1.24 billion per year which represents 7% of the total EU market for non-prescription products. ECHAMP’s new report, ‘Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products in the EU – Profile of an industry 2015,’ provides a comprehensive review of the sector and, for the first time, profiling in detail this unique industry. 16 Dec 2015
New website New ECHAMP website: now accessible on mobile and on tablet. 07 Dec 2015
Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy: conference presentations available Speaker presentations from HRI’s conference in Rome are now available online. 05 Nov 2015
New research detects the presence of homeopathic potencies An experimental protocol for investigating the nature of homeopathic medicines has been able to detect the presence of homeopathic potencies. 05 Nov 2015
Individually prescribed homeopathic medicines have beneficial effect beyond placebo New research shows that homeopathic medicines, when prescribed during individualised treatment, are up to twice as likely to have a beneficial effect than placebo. 05 Nov 2015
Homeopathy at home: The development of self-medication Self-medication plays a significant role in the widespread use of homeopathy. A new article tracks its history in Germany, showing how the use of these medicines at home has convinced millions of users, keeping homeopathy alive. 09 Oct 2015
Jury clears Hyland’s of false advertising A US jury has found that a manufacturer of homeopathic products was not in breach of legislation on false advertising. 09 Oct 2015
Homeopathy may help reduce the use of antibiotics in URTIs Two recent trials further demonstrate the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment in acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), and therefore its potential for reducing antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. 11 Sep 2015
New Director General at DG Sante Xavier Prats Monné starts as new Director General of Health and Food Safety. 11 Sep 2015
The guidance environment: updates from HMPWG Newly published documents give a welcome update on the work of the Homeopathic Medicinal Products Working Group of the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMPWG), including the minutes of its most recent meeting, and important feedback on its work on the justification of homeopathic use and on first safe dilutions. 03 Sep 2015
MEPs call for improved availability of CAM medicinal products MEPs of the CAM Interest Group have written to the European Health Commissioner urging him to issue a Communication addressing the availability of herbal, homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in the EU. 19 Aug 2015
Economic impact of homeopathic practice A new study finds that management of patients by homeopathic GPs in France may be 20% less expensive than management by conventional medicine GPs. 19 Aug 2015
50 years of EU pharma legislation The Commission celebrates fifty years since the adoption of the first EU pharmaceutical law, but progress for our sector has been slow. 19 Aug 2015
FDA reviews homeopathic product regulation Transcripts, recordings and presentations of the US Federal Drug Administration public hearing on homeopathic products are now available; the FDA continues to welcome further input. 16 Jun 2015
MEPs for CAM to address availability of homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines The next meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group, MEPs for CAM, will address the topic of availability of CAM medicinal products for the benefit of EU citizens, including homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. 16 Jun 2015
Why be a member of ECHAMP? In two new videos, ECHAMP members explain the benefits of membership and Christiaan Mol, the General Secretary, introduces the association. 12 Jun 2015
Commission adopts agenda for better regulation The European Commission’s package of reforms promises a review of existing EU laws to ensure they achieve their objectives. Will this lead to more suitable regulation for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products? 10 Jun 2015
ECHAMP 15th Anniversary Reception at the European Parliament Marian Harkin MEP, Dr Ton Nicolai, Nand De Herdt and Josephine van Vreeswijk wish ECHAMP a happy 15th anniversary at a reception in the European Parliament on 14 April. 02 Jun 2015
Cutting Edge Research: 2nd International Homeopathy Research Conference The full programme for this conference, taking place in Rome 5-7 June 2015, is now available on-line. 21 May 2015
The Future of Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research A detailed report of this international symposium and all presentations in both PowerPoint and recorded video formats are now available on line. 21 May 2015
New ECHAMP position: Suppliers of raw materials ECHAMP’s new position paper explains why fixing the supplier of raw materials in registration dossiers for homeopathic medicinal products does not in general add to the quality of the product. 24 Apr 2015
HMPWG publishes second list of stocks with justified homeopathic use The HMPWG has published a second list of stocks for which homeopathic use is justified, helping to simplify applications for special, simplified registration of homeopathic medicinal products. 22 Apr 2015