Why Join the IRH?

The Irish Department of Health recommends that the public checks if a herbal practitioner is a member of a professional association. This is for good reason as it allows the public to be sure they are consulting with a competent and disciplined professional who follows strict guidelines.

It is of great importance for a herbal practitioner to be part of a professional body such as the IRH, as it provides a unified platform for its members, enabling us to focus on establishing a strong and professional image for Herbal Medicine. Only through such efforts can we expect Herbal Medicine to move towards integration within a modern Irish healthcare system as is recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation) Traditional Medicine Strategy. It is within the interests of all herbalists to strongly support this work.

In recent years herbal medicine has been going through a period of transition and with the implementation of THMPD (Traditional Herbal Medicine Product Directive 2004/24/EC) and ongoing issues regarding safety and regulation, it can be a confusing time for practitioners and students alike. The IRH works behind the scenes with the relevant bodies to keep up to date with the latest developments  and to reflect this information back to membership. Members are kept fully cogent of legal requirements in regard to clinical practice and the specific use of certain herbs and herbal products; as well as being informed of the latest scientific discoveries and other key developments within the herbal community. The IRH remains a vibrant and active organisation on many fronts.

The IRH is affiliated to FICTA (Federation of Irish Complimentary Therapy Associations) with up to date access to developments within the sector at local and European level. The IRH is a supporter of EFCAM (The European Federation For Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) and endorses the work of the Botanical Adulterants Program.

The IRH is a founder and member of CIH (Community of Irish Herbalists) who organise the annual HerbFeast event in Ireland, a celebration of all things botanical. The IRH also makes submissions to the HPRA (formerly the Irish Medicines Board) and aims to protect and enhance the legal status of the herbal practitioner. The IRH maintains discussion with the Department of Health concerning the recognition of herbal practitioners. The IRH also works alongside the other herbal professional associations in Ireland. In 2014 the IRH established a Physic Garden at St Anne’s Park in Dublin to provide an educational resource in botany and field skills,  and to help reintroduce threatened species.

Membership provides:

  • Up-to-date information for the herbal community
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Expert Advice
  • Inclusion of full practice details on Find-A-Herbalist
  • Block insurance offering the most competitive quote available
  • CPD events and seminars
  • Discounts with herbal suppliers and publishers
  • Access to IRH online forum and membership area
  • Access to IRH archives which includes rare books and monographs
  • Certificate of membership and use of logo and designator letters M.I.R.H.

The IRH also acts as a central focal point for practitioners and students alike. It can be a great support network for people to share ideas and offer or receive advice. We also organise relevant lectures and events for your continued professional development (CPD). We are constantly reviewing means of support for our members and we have negotiated reduced rate deals for both practitioner/student insurance and with certain herbal suppliers. Members avail of all such support, promotion and financial perks.

To download application forms click here: Apply for Membership

Already a Member and wish to renew, click here: Renew My Membership

Been away for a while? click here: Return to Practice