4th European Symposium: “Natural Medicine in the United Europe – quo vadis?”

Date/Loc.
   
13 and 14 Nov., 2010,  in Vienna, at the Ministry of Health Vienna, in cooperation with the National Agency for the Immaterial Cultural Heritage of Austria-UNESCO
Theme
   
“Traditional healthcare knowledge as part of our intangible cultural heritage - because humans are cultured beings, they need more than only scientific approaches and quality standards”
Opening and moderation, Ms. Nora Laubstein, President, ANME e.V. and Ms. Mag. Maria Walcher, President of the National Agency for the Immaterial Cultural Heritage of Austria-UNESCO , A-Vienna
Speakers
   
Ms. Mag. Michaela Noseck, Project/Inquire complementary and alternative healing methods in Austria: The challenge of handling with traditional healing-knowledge.
Mr. Dr. oec. Hans-Peter Studer, Healthy- und Mitweltökonom, CH-Zurich: The political implementation oft the swizz referendum “Yes to complementary medicine”
Mr. Prof. Peter Christian Endler, Univ.-Prof.(ret.), PhD, BSc, MAS, governor of the Interuniversitary College Healthy und Evolution/Schloss Seggau, A-Graz: The Master programme for complementary and integrated health sciences in line with the „Leonardo da Vinci-Programme“of the European Commission
Mr. Willy Hauser, President of the German Naturheilbundes (DNB), D-Heimsheim: Preservation and proliferation oft the naturopathy wealth of experience
Mr.Sascha Marschang, Coordination Secretary, European Public Health Alliance ( EPHA), BE-Brussels: The role of CAM in the Public Health sector
Workshops 
   
What strategies of quality assurance in CAM are there?
What alternative accesses to scientific exploration of CAM are conceivable?
 Results
 
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), which are part of the intangible cultural heritage, are being increasingly called into question by different interest groups under the pretext of “consumer protection” or an alleged “unscientific approach” or “ineffectiveness”.

The participants of the symposium requested the creation of a European directory of all academic and non-academic health professionals and their associated requirements which will be compiled by the respective professional and medical associations. National characteristics should thereby be respected and a radical standardization avoided.

Controversial fields/ tasks 
To draw up this directory would form the basis for a standardized evaluation of the training of health professionals all over Europe to ensure quality.