Chris Etheridge holds a first class honours BSc and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Imperial College, London. He was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Gene Therapy at Imperial’s Department of Chemistry and at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at St Mary’s Hospital from 1995-2002, where he taught on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He published a diverse range of research in areas including synthetic, medicinal and biological chemistry, and biochemistry. After this, Chris completed his professional training on the four-year Herbal Medicine degree programme at the College of Phytotherapy, East Sussex, where he graduated in 2006 with a first class honours BSc. His dissertation on quality control in herbal medicine was subsequently published. Chris currently works full-time as medical herbalist and runs two busy practices in Central London and Epping. Chris is President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) (thecpp.uk), Chair of the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) (bhma.info), Chair of the BHMA’s Herbal Practitioner Supplier Section (bhma.info/hpss/) and President of the European Herbal Traditional Medicines Practitioners Association (EHTPA) (ehtpa.eu). He is also a member of the British Pharmacopoeia's Expert Advisory Group on Herbal and Complementary Medicines (pharmacopoeia.com/technical-advisers-to-the-bpc). Chris is a guest lecturer at: the University of Westminster (westminster.ac.uk), Lincoln College (lincolncollege.ac.uk), the Centre for Nutrition Education (CNELM) (cnelm.co.uk), the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) (ion.ac.uk), the Northern College of Acupuncture (chinese-medicine.co.uk) and The Haven (thehaven.org.uk). He is a writer for the charity Action for ME (afme.org.uk) and scientific advisor for Advanced Orthomolecular Research (aoreurope.co.uk), Potter’s Herbals (pottersherbals.co.uk), the UK Tea and Infusions Association (tea.co.uk), Twinings tea (twinings.co.uk/tea), the Health Supplements Information Service (hsis.org), Neolife (us.gnld.com), Puressentiel (puressentiel.com/uk/) and the charities Yes to Life (yestolife.org.uk) and Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment.
The British Herbal Medicine Association was founded in 1964 to advance the science and practice of herbal medicine in the United Kingdom. It promotes the use of herbal medicinal products manufactured to pharmaceutical standards to ensure consistently high quality and effectiveness for the consumer.