Acupuncture is a legally regulated CAM profession regulated by the Health Care Profession Act (210).
Licence to practise is granted for persons registered by the Council for Professions Complementary to medicine (210) and who fulfill conditions of qualifications and minimum 2 years of practise (subsidiary legislation 464.16 licence to practise regulations)(211).
In 2010, 15 acupuncturists was registered in Malta (212).
Acupuncture is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows:
Acupuncturist is a directly related regulated profession with title “acupuncturist” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 4748. General system of recognition-primary application.
Qualification level: PS3- Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years), Art.11 d (7).
Qualifications are obtained in Switzerland from 2007 with “negative Automatic General System and professional experience (‘crafts’)(7).
7. The European Commission. Regulated professions database. Brussels: EUROPA; 2011 [cited 2012 February 10, ]; Available from: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/qualifications/regprof/index.cfm?fuseaction=regProf.index.
210. CHAPTER 464, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS ACT; To regulate the practice of health care professions in Malta, 21st November, 2003: Part V Professions Complementary to Medicine, Parliament of Malta(2003).
211. Professions complementary to medicine (licence to practise) regulation (S.L.464.16) subsidiary legislation, 1st January, 2009 Legal notice 277 of 2008, Parliament of Malta(2009).
212. The Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine. Annual report 2010. 2010.