UCL School of Pharmacy


Frank Fish Memorial Lecture 2017

25 August 2017


This year's Frank Fish Memorial Lecture will take place on 11th October 2017 and will be given by Dr Linda Anderson, BPharm, PhD, FRPharmS, FSP.

Her talk entitled "A Pharmacognosist in a Regulatory Landscape" will be in the John Hanbury Lecture Theatre. There will also be a symposium organised by the UCL Spices and Medicine research team, further details of which can be found below.

Frank Fish Memorial Lecture

In her presentation, Dr Anderson will reflect on her experiences after more than three decades involved in the regulation of herbal medicines. She will focus on the importance of quality and safety of herbal medicines including:

  • Why quality matters
  • Why “natural” rarely means “safe”
  • When a herbal remedy is not a ‘herbal’ remedy

The impact of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive on public health
What pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and patients need to know about herbal medicines.

Herbal medicines continue to be widely used by many from the seriously ill to the "worried well" and it is therefore essential that these products are, like all medicines, regulated to ensure they are of good quality and safe for use. Dr Anderson’s expertise in pharmacognosy has enabled her to make a major contribution to this important area of public health protection.

Linda Anderson

Dr Anderson is a pharmacist with a PhD in pharmacognosy (Cardiff) and from 1981 to 1987 had worked at the School of Pharmacy, Univ. London. She is an honorary fellow of the School of Pharmacy, University of London. She is very well known for her numerous contributions to the regulation of herbal medical products. She joined MHRA (formerly Medicines Control Agency) in 1987. Within MHRA, she is an Expert Pharmaceutical Assessor in Licensing Division and has specific responsibility for herbal products.

Dr Anderson is Principal Assessor to the MHRA Commission on Human Medicine’s (CHM) Expert Advisory Group on Chemistry, Pharmacy and Standards (CPS) and is Principal Assessor to the MHRA Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC).
Dr Anderson represented the UK on the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) Working Group on Herbal Medicinal Products from 1997 to 2004 and was appointed UK delegate to the Herbal Medicinal Product Committee (HMPC) in September 2004. She also represents UK on the MLWP (Monographs and List Working Party) and the Quality Drafting Group of HMPC and was appointed Chair of the QDG in 2016.

Dr Anderson is a Member of the British Pharmacopoeia Committee on Herbal and Complementary Medicines and was Vice-Chair from 2000 – 2017. Dr Anderson was awarded Fellowships of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2001 and the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 2007.

Registration for this is free but please do register via this dedicated page: http://aoc.ucl.ac.uk/alumni/uclfls-events

Symposium - Herbal Medicines and Health Foods: Research at the interface of natural sciences and society


UCL Spices and Medicine is an interdisciplinary research network initiative run by UCL postgraduate students that aims to showcase research relating to the interface between food, medicine, and culture to the present day and its relevance across different academic fields, and to foster collaborations within UCL and between institutions around the world.

The symposium will take place directly before the Frank Fish Memorial Lecture from 1:30pm until 5:00pm. Registration is free but please go to the registration page for further details and to register: Symposium registration page

Further information: This is the sixth annual lecture. Previous lectures have been given by Professor Monique Simmonds (RB Kew, UK), Professor Doug Kinghorn (Ohio, USA), Professor Verena Dirsch (Vienna, Austria), Professor Tommy (YC) Cheng (Yale, USA) and Professor Anna Jaeger (Copenhagen, Denmark).

The Professor Frank Fish Memorial Award lectures have been generously funded by Professor Fish's family. Professor Frank Fish was well known in the field of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, and from 1978 to 1988 he was Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of London.

Contact: Professor Michael Heinrich