For the past twenty years, the “new” term “Integrative Medicine/IM” has been advertised everywhere. We have therefore placed the terms “interdisciplinary”, “integrated care” and “IM” next to one another in an effort to clarify the concepts. The result is a short fact sheet entitled “3 times-i”.

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Federal Ministry of Health

Notice of guidelines to review candidates as Heilpraktiker according to § 2 of the Heilpraktikergesetz in connection with § 2 paragraph 1 letter i the First Implementing Ordinance for the Heilpraktiker Statute (Heilpraktikergesetz), December 7, 2017.

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Translated into English version by ANME e.V. – 2021

The Federal Ministry of Health makes the guidelines below for review of Heilpraktiker according to §2 of the Heilpraktikergesetz in conjunction with Section 2 (1) (i) of the First Implementing Ordinance Known to the Heilpraktikergesetz (Annex):

The guidelines commence on March 22, 2018.
Bonn, December 7, 2017
Federal Ministry of Health
On behalf of: A. Becker

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Press release of 16 June 2017

The Swiss Federal Government announces that specific medical services using complementary med- icine are to be covered by mandatory health insurance (basic insurance). The Swiss Umbrella Association for Complementary Medicine and the Union of Associations of Swiss Physicians for Comple-mentary Medicine welcome this decision. It implements one of the key demands of the constitutional referendum held on 17 May 2009. With this decision, the Swiss Federal Council is acknowledging that complementary medicine in Switzerland meets statutory regulations when it comes to effectiveness, guaranteeing high quality and safety.

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The interior ministry has announced plans to give five complementary therapies including homeopathy the same status as conventional medicine.

Homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017 when it comes to health insurance. After being rejected in 2005 by the authorities for lack of scientific proof of their efficacy, complementary and alternative medicines made a comeback in 2009 when two-thirds of Swiss backed their inclusion on the constitutional list of paid health services.

Press release from May 4th 2015 — La Fédération de la médecine complémentaire Fedmedcom

On April 28 2015 the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) approved the advanced professional examination for Naturopaths.This ensures the nationally- recognised and protected title: Naturopathic practitioner with Advanced Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training.
The profession recognizes four specific therapeutic fields: Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Traditional European Naturopathy (TEN). Thus,a core requirement of the constitutional article 118a for the establishment of national diplomas for non-medical professions in the field of complementary medicine is fulfilled.