Traditional Herbal Registration logo

What is a THR?

HRI Herbal Medicine Director Brigitte Flower explains why the Traditional Herbal Registration scheme is so important in giving consumers peace of mind.

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 have THR approval to assure consumers of the quality of the herbal medicine they are purchasing.

Patient Information

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. With HRI Herbal Medicine products, you can read the patient leaflet by clicking on the links from the product page of our website before you buy.

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.

HRI Herbal Medicine products were among the first in the UK to be approved as being compliant with the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme regulations which started being granted from 2006.

THRs are part of the European Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, which governs the approval process for herbal medicines. The Directive was introduced right across the European Union and came into effect fully on 30 April 2011.