Belgian Government legislates to restrict the availability of homeopathy to its citizens

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.

„WHO-Traditional Medicine Strategy & linkages with ICD-11 TM-Chapter“

AGTCM-Congress 2014, Rothenburg o.d.T.

Report by Nora Laubstein
International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)-revision by WHO/ Enhanced recording of morbidity in TM terms

In connection with the ICD which classifies all relevant diseases on international level (in the beginning 1900, later in 1948 accepted worldwide) the European TCM-Association (ETCMA) and the German organization AGTCM presented Mister Nenad Kostanjsek, Technical Officer for statistics CTS of the WHO in Geneva and his team. He was invited to give a review in three parts about the last three years of working together for a TM-alignment included into the ICD-system.

Until now (ICD-10) all diseases are listed but without any concrete definition. This situation should be changed with the new version ICD-11 which should be finished in 2017: Additionally to this process the department of Mister Kostanjsek works together with the WHO-T&CM department of Dr. Zang Qi. They have founded an internal Working-Group (ICTM) to develop categories for the health workforce in the so called WHO-TM-Modul-1.

Currently only three countries were represented in this group and give financial support: China, Japan and Korea. In the past eight CAM-disciplines have been standardized (under all TCM, Homeopathy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy) and connected with the WHO-benchmark-directive for T&CM (former called TM/CAM).

Mister Kostanjsek contested: Yes, T&CM is part of the health section, BUT „TM does not count, until we do not count TM!” More and more demands for quality and safety are strengthening the pressure. Because of growing necessarily we have to find a high level categorization!

For the WHO this situation leads to the following perspectives:

A ghost haunts Europe’s CAM professions: diagnosis!

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.

The future of prevention

Looking back on - 25 years of § 20 Sozialgesetzbuch V

(Social security code No. V, Germany) and looking ahead

Report of Nora Laubstein, ANME e.V.

The German Kneipp - federation, the head organization for anthroposophic medicine in Germany (DAMID) and the legal health insurance company BARMER had invited to the well frequented event on November 13th, 2013, in Berlin.
The day was divided up into three conceptional parts „Where do we stand?“Parallel forum A +B, and „What do we expect?“-, these dealt with the situation of primary prevention (Primary Care) in the Public Health area in Germany.

Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products in Europe and the World:

TradeReg-Symposium 2013


by Dr. Mathias Schmidt (ANME+EUAA)

From 30 September to 2 October the symposium “TradeReg 2013: Regulation of Herbal and Traditional Medicinal Products – European and global strategies” took place in Bonn (Germany). During this three-day-symposium the regulatory approaches were presented for Europe and beyond the EU borders: there were, for example, presentations on the regulatory situation of herbal medicinal products in Brazil, Japan, Canada or the United States of America.

Of course, a major emphasis went to the collected experience with the registration of traditional herbal medicinal products in Europe.In view of the current European situation many participants had hoped for answers to pressing questions, especially with respect to the transfer of unregulated food supplements to the market segment of regulated traditional medicinal products. This hope was, however, deceived: ultimately the messages gave more information on what is not possible than aids to the question how manufacturers of food supplements could make practical use the so-called facilitated registration.