I actually think that this is very fair. The only herbal products that will remain are scientifically proven to be safe, and even then, I managed to buy St John's Wort tablets several years ago without a prescription only to find out much later that it interferes with the contraceptive pill. No such note was to be found on the bottle itself. For years we used ginseng to help our memory, but recent scientific findings reveal that it does nothing at all for the memory - so how did it get on the counter in the first place? At the end of all of this 'the label still will not be able to tell customers if they can be shown to work' which at least is eradicating harmful quantities which are not measured properly.
“Hundreds of traditional and imported remedies on the shelves of health food shops and herbalists are set to be banned under new licensing rules. The EU directive aims to protect users from any damaging side-effects that can arise from taking unsuitable medicines. Only high quality, long-established and scientifically safe herbal medicines will be sold over the counter. Some traders who sell products imported from outside the EU say their business will be hit. Herbal medicines – with names such as Cascara Bark and Horny Goat Weed – have become popular. But from the first of May an EU directive will be enforced, under which all such products must be licensed, following fears that some products could cause harm."