Latvia

NewsNew regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries:

No new regulation found.


Notice! All text below is copied from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec 31, 2012

In this summary, you will find:

  • Direct links to the legislation of specific CAM therapies in Latvia
  • The legal and regulatory status of CAM and CAM practices in Latvia
  • The governmental supervision of CAM practices in Latvia
  • The reimbursement status of CAM practices and medicinal products in Latvia
Go directly to legislation of specific CAM therapies in Latvia:
Acupuncture – Anthroposophic medicine – Ayurveda – Chiropractic – Herbal medicine/Phytotherapy –
Homeopathy – Massage – Naprapathy – Naturopathy – Neural therapy – Osteopathy – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – Other treatments

The Baltic state Latvia regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and became a member of the European Union in 2004 (11). Latvia became a member state of the Council of Europe on 10 February 1995 (12).

The legal and regulatory status of CAM and CAM practices

Acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine and homeopathy, are regulated in Latvia, and only medically qualified professionals are allowed to practise CAM (50106). Acupuncture and homeopathy are considered medical specialties since 1993 (177).

Only qualified Medical Doctors have the legal right to provide CAM diagnostic methods and treatment (178). The regulation of acupuncture, homeopathy and ayurvedic medicine is delegated to the Latvian medical society (Latvijas Ärstu biedrïba) (2850).

“The Administrative Codex prohibits non-medically qualified practitioners for practising
medicine of any kind”(28178). The Cabinet Regulation No. 431/1997 gives “Procedures for Certification of Medical Practitioners”(179).

Regulated professions in medicine and pharmacy are described in Chapter III and chapter IX, § 50 in “the Act on regulated professions and recognition of professional qualifications” (180). Doctor, dentist, pharmacist, nurse (medical nurse), assistants of those professions and physiotherapeutist are professions of interest for CAM (180).

If unified requirements exists for all foreign countries for the above professions, chapter VII, article 34 regulates the special system for recognition of foreign citizens (180). If a person applies for temporary or occasional work in Latvia the professionals act recognizes the persons’ professional qualifications if his profession is regulated in an EU/EFTA country and in Latvia. If the profession is not regulated in the applicant’s state of residence, he may practise if the profession is regulated in Latvia and he fulfills specific practise claims (181).

The governmental supervision of CAM Practices

CAM professionals providing acupuncture, homeopathy and ayurvedic medicine are
supervised by a commission of experts representing the Medical Society of the Republic of Latvia and the professional medical associations (2850).

The reimbursement status of CAM practices and medicinal products

CAM, in particular acupuncture and homeopathic treatments, are partially covered by some private insurance companies in Latvia (41106177).