Acupuncture is regulated by law as a distinct therapeutic system (Besondere Therapierichtung) in the Code of Social Law (Sozialgesetzbuch V), and additional medical qualification and diplomas as medical acupuncturist are recognized and issued by the German medical association.
Acupuncture training is provided within the CAM courses as a part of the medical undergraduate curriculum.
Acupuncture training is an official part of the Continuous medical educational programme (CME) for doctors, and CME is mandatory for doctors included in the national insurance system(SHI)(106,122).
106. CAMDOC Alliance ECH ECPM ICMART and IVAA. The regulatory status of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for medical doctors in Europe. Brussels 2010 January 2010. Report No.: 2010.
122. Die Bundesärtzekammer Deutschland. Work and training in Germany 2012 [cited 2012 March 7]; Available from: http://www.bundesaerztekammer.de/page.asp?his=4.3575.