On 29 April 1999, in line with the international and national recommendations on complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies expressed by bodies such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, the Belgian Parliament voted in the Colla Law in order to initially regulate practitioners of four of the most popular CAM practices in Belgium: acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and osteopathy.
In the years to follow professional bodies for these practices were founded and accredited by the Ministry of Health, among which the Liga Homeopathica Classica was established for homeopathy. The Liga established high standards for the education and professional profile of homeopaths in line with the guidelines of the European Central Council of Homeopaths in preparation for an eventual specific legal framework for the profession.
Eventually, after legal pressure was brought to bear, the Ministry of Health set up 4 commissions, one for each practice, in order to establish the specific details concerning the regulation the four disciplines. Unfortunately the homeopathy commission was neither democratically constituted, nor did they include adequate representation of the most important interest of all, patients and citizens.
On Monday 12 May 2014, 15 years after the Colla Law was introduced, a Royal Decree was published by the Ministry of Health that completely denies the autonomy of the profession of the homeopath and deprives Belgian patients of their freedom of choice to have homeopathic treatment now and into the future.
Dr. Vera Paola Termali, President of SIHeN, Professional Association of Italian Heilpraktikers and Naturopaths
Last month the discussion about CAM in Italy became hot, when the Ministry of Health realized that at the beginning of 2013 a law was issued which allowed all professions without a dedicated regulation to be practiced under the supervision of professional associations and through a UNI Norm, a quality standard certification.
This framework law includes a variety of professions, ranging from web designers to graphologists, but some professional associations of naturopaths decided to put also naturopathy under this umbrella.
What about the concern of the association „shamanic network Europe e.V.“ under the umbrella of ANME e.V.?
We just finished our first festival at castle Ludwigstein, right in the middle of Germany. Not only Germans, but Norwegian, Estonian, Austrian, Finnish and Irish guests came to the 4 day event of „Shamanic Network Europe e.V.“ The topic there was „traditional healing work and spiritual customs in Europe“. Till now we arranged only week-end seminaries about the same subjects. For us, these both aspects are closely connected. We will show this by an important example.
Statement from Michael McIntyre chair of the European herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHPA), 24/09/2013
The regulation of herbal medicine practitioners of all traditions, western, Chinese Ayurvedic and Tibetan, has been a matter of ongoing debate in the UK for the past 15 years. In 2000 the prestigious House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science and Technology recommended in its report on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that herbal practitioners should be statutorily regulated like doctors and nurses.
Following this in 2001 the UK Government launched a Department of Health Working Group to review this option. The Working Group, under independent chairmanship, published its findings in 2003 also calling for the statutory regulation of herbal practitioners.