Right now we have a serious crisis on our hands. The regulations, if not repealed or amended, will effectively eliminate 65-80% of all natural products. The products that will remain will in all likelihood be basic health store products which will be considerably more expensive due to the costs of complying with the new regulations.
Co- Chairman of SASIM
Chairman of the Natural Health Alliance
CLICK HERE to read the whole letter
2. Petition on Facebook:
South African Minister of Health: Stop the Crackdown on Natural Health products.
South Africans deserve freedom of choice about the medicine they prefer to take. The new regulations put out by the MCC will mean that 85% of all natural medicines will disappear from the market place, thousands of people will be out of work and the economy will lose millions. We will have the most stringent and highly regulated natural health industry in the world.
This move by the MCC is unconstitutional and denies the South African people the right to freedom of choice and access to natural medicines.
3. An email from Dr Louis Mullinder, Registrar:
Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa
New Complementary Medicines Regulations: The AHPCSA broadly welcomes the new Regulations to the Medicines Act (Act 101) as a means for ensuring quality and safety of complementary medicine products in South Africa. We are currently seeking clarification on some technical points from the MCC, including the interpretation of the definition for complementary medicines, scheduling and the status of certain 'health products'. We will be working with the Department of Health and the MCC to ensure that our registered practitioners and therapists maintain or regain access to certain medicines based on their scopes of practice and education and training. Much misinformation about the purpose and effects of the new regulations is currently in circulation and it is apparent that many people have simply not read or understood the Regulations or the accompanying explanatory QSE Guidelines (which are linked below for your information or available from the MCC website http://www.mccza.com/). Registered Practitioners and Therapists should be aware that any support for contrary positions would be in direct contradiction to the AHPCSA's position. Should anyone have any concerns about the effects of the new regulations on their practices or access to medicines, they should please contact the Chairperson of AHPCSA, Dr Craig Wright, through the office of the Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org or approach their respective Professional Associations.
- Complementary Medicines - Quality, Safety, and Efficacy CLICK HERE
- CAMs Regulations CLICK HERE
- Fees Payable to The Registrar for Complementary Medicines CLICK HERE
- Roadmap for Registration of Complementary Medicines CLICK HERE
4. Comment from an alternative doctor
5. The Health Products Association of South Africa is taking the Minister of Health to the High Court.