This news shows how different the landscape in Europe is compared to what we have going on here in the States. I believe this is a positive development for the UK, although licensure in this country would likely be a disaster at this point. In my opinion, American herbalists do not have the strength as a community nor the support of the general population needed to pursue licensing. There are so few herbalists, with such varied training, that any division of our ranks into licensed and unlicensed would surely undermine rather than strengthen the profession.
Here is a lovely article co-authored by Simon Mills on the journey toward UK licensing.