What is a THR?
The UK government’s regulatory body for medicines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) runs the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme which requires all herbal medicines that are marketed in the UK to hold a THR.
The THR logo shows consumers that herbal medicine has gone through a rigorous application process, which requires the submission and approval of a wide range of evidence to show the safety and pharmacological properties of the product. All HRI Herbal Medicine products carry a THR. The scheme assures consumers of the quality of the herbal medicine they are purchasing.
All herbal medicines approved under the THR scheme include a detailed patient information leaflet which clearly explains how to take the medicine, what you need to know before you take it and any possible issues with other medicines. You should always read the patient information before taking a herbal remedy, just as you would with any other medicine.
Products which hold a THR will have this clearly marked on the packaging. If you are considering using a herbal medicine, make sure it has this symbol and you can be assured of the product’s quality and safety.