New legislation designed to regulate the use of herbal medicines in humans should not impact equine use, despite the concerns of some readers who have contacted H&H.

An EU-wide ban came into force on 1 May and is designed to make illegal the supply of unlicensed medicines for humans, although the government has announced plans for a register to circumnavigate this.

And herbal vets and supplement manufacturers spoken to by H&H are not worried by the news.

“Our products are all licensed and we haven’t had any calls from worried customers,” said a spokesman for Dorwest Herbs, who produce herbal animal products in Dorset.

And a spokesman for supplement manufacturer Hilton Herbs added: “Fortunately, as things stand, this doesn’t apply to the equine population.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (19 May, 2011)