Acupuncture

NewsNew regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries:

27.05.2015
Italy: May 5, 2014 new regulation on acupuncture. Read more

05.02.2015
Turkey: October 27, 2014 new law on Regulations for Traditional and Complementary Medicine Practice. Read more

05.02.2015
Portugal: September 2, 2013 new regulations on Acupuncture. Read more


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

Acupuncture is mostly regulated as a treatment that may or may not be provided by regulated health professionals or other CAM practitioners.

Acupuncture in 39 European/EU countries

Figure from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec, 2012. (Click on image to enlarge)

2 countries (Malta and Switzerland) have a regulated profession named “acupuncturist”, which for both countries is registered in the EU database for regulated professions.

In some countries acupuncture treatment may be provided in conventional healthcare (also in hospitals).

24 countries have acupuncture treatment regulations.

Some countries have clear regulations about who may treat patients with acupuncture and educational minimum standards. Other countries have more general regulations.

In about half of the countries only doctors may provide acupuncture treatment. In many of these countries only doctors with specific acupuncture training may practise. In countries with acupuncture regulations there is a mixture of regulations for regulated health professionals and CAM practitioners with or without medical education and CAM training. In some countries regulation is delegated to the professional associations. Some countries use the terminology “medical acupuncturist” (Germany) or “additional medical qualification” for doctors or other regulated health professionals (like physiotherapists, nurses, midwives). We have listed these as regulations for acupuncture treatment, not as a regulated profession.

13 countries have no specific acupuncture regulations. However, 3 of those countries
(Albania, Iceland, Norway) have CAM general legislation that influences acupuncture
treatment. And most of the countries have conventional health regulations that influence
the practice of acupuncture (like health professionals act or law on health care).
It is difficult to compare the countries, and hardly any similarities have been found in the
regulations or standards of education and training for practitioners providing acupuncture
treatment.

Acupuncture  Regulated profession and EU registered in 39 European/EU countries

Table from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec, 2012

 

Go directly to the regulation of Acupuncture in a specific country:
AlbaniaAustriaBelgiumBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaCyprus Czech Republic
DenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceHungaryIcelandIrelandIsrael
ItalyLatviaLiechtensteinLithuania LuxembourgMacedoniaMaltaMontenegroNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerland TurkeyUnited Kingdom