Acupuncture is included in federal laws and detailed regulation is delegated to medical and non-medical associations. The medical association has recognized acupuncture as an additional medical qualification and issues diplomas of medical acupuncturists (106). Acupuncture treatment is reimbursed and permanently covered by the health insurance act (279) (see reimbursement section).
Acupuncture is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows: Acupuncturist is a directly related regulated profession with title “Akupunkteur(DE)/ Acupuncteur(FR)” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 10045. System of recognition and application to be checked. Qualification level: undefined (7).
5. DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (Text with EEA relevance) (OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, p. 22) Amended up to March 2011, (2005).
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.
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.
279. Verordnung des EDI über Leistungen in der obligatorischen Krankenpflegeversicherung: Änderung vom 31 Mai 2011, Sect. Art 12, Anhang I, number 10 (2011).