NIMH Accreditation

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) sets high standards for entry to the profession. In 1996 the NIMH established an Accreditation Board to assure and maintain those high standards through independent assessment of courses leading to NIMH membership. The NIMH Accreditation Board has accredited courses since that time.

In 2004, the members of the NIMH agreed to recognise the Western Herbal Medicine courses then being accredited by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA), provided those courses meet the standards for entry to the NIMH. Students graduating from a BSc Herbal Medicine course and PGDip/MSc accredited by NIMH or EHTPA are eligible to apply for membership of NIMH.

NIMH is currently piloting a method to consider applicants who have not graduated from an accredited course. If you would like to be considered for membership, you are invited to write to NIMH Admissions Board outlining your background and qualifications. Please register your interest in this process with the NIMH admission officer at

The following BSc Herbal Medicine and PGDip/MSc courses for those that already have a degree (not in herbal medicine)  are accredited by the NIMH or the EHTPA. Graduates of these courses are eligible to apply for NIMH membership.

Lincoln College with validation by Lincoln University

BSc (Hons) Western Herbal Medicine

Westminster University

Herbal Medicine BSc/ MSc

The NIMH reserves the right to seek additional information from graduates (for example in relation to previous criminal convictions). Graduates from NIMH accredited courses will be able to apply to the NIMH for admission to membership.