Recognition of Homeopathy
The situation regards the recognition of homeopath is largely the same as in the UK. As a partly common law jurisdiction, Eire does not prohibit the practice of homeopathy but does not it recognise it or its practitioners. A lay homeopath in Ireland has no special status. They are just another member of the public. Medically qualified homeopaths are recognised because of their qualifications and registration.
Eire, like the UK, implemented EU Directive 92/73/EEC which was replaced by 2001/83/EC. Both are long documents. Article 13 of the later states
1. Member States shall ensure that homeopathic medicinal products manufactured and placed on the market within the Community are registered or authorised in accordance with Articles 14, 15 and 16, except where such medicinal products are covered by a registration or authorisation granted in accordance with national legislation on or before 31 December 1993. In case of registrations, Article 28 and Article 29(1) to (3) shall apply.This also imposes the duty on Member States to ensure that unregistered or unauthorised homeopathic medicines are not placed on the market. In the case of Eire, these duties fall to the Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. This Directive also provides an exemption for medicines prepared in a pharmacy under certain conditions.
In terms of Irish legislation the Medicinal Products (Control of Placing on the Market) Regulations 2007 is a good place to start. Irish legislation is a little hard to follow as it comes in multiple regulations.
A certificate of registration is for homeopathic medicines.
This is roughly the same as the National Rules scheme in the UK.
Critically the definition of a "practitioner" is given as "a registered dentist or a registered medical practitioner".
4 Exemptions from the requirement that medicinal products be licensed
(a) would appear to grant an exemption to pharmacies. The meaning is not entirely clear. It could be read as applying only to transactions that take place in a pharmacy. The Regulations 1998 do not provide a definition of "medical prescription" but it could be understood as a prescription provided by a registered medical practitioner.
8 Homeopathic medicinal product
It would appear that the supply to and by lay homeopaths of unregistered homeopathic remedies in Eire is of dubious legality.
There would appear to be no pharmacy that compound homeopathic medicines and even if there were, it seems unlikely that they could supply lay homeopaths.
There appears to be one manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in Eire. New Vistas Healthcare and it has the most curious website. It restricts access to certain product listings to those registered with the site. There is an application form on the site which includes the curious wording.
Approved users are able to access the secure Practitioner Support section. Approved users will also be able to access the full product range on the online shop. All customers wishing to buy products need to be approved as legally we are only permitted to ship to an end user who is under the guidance of a trained therapist or a qualified and approved professional themselves.This would appear not to be the case. It would appear that they can only supply registered medical practitioners.