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The CAMbrella project and report

The CAM Regulation website is owned and operated by Norway’s National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM). It is based on the report from the EU-funded CAMbrella project, published in 2012, and is updated regularly by NAFKAM.

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NAFKAM was responsible for work package (WP) 2 in the EU-funded CAMbrella project, which summarized the legal and regulatory status, governmental supervision and the reimbursement status of 12 selected CAM practices in 39 European countries. Hence this, the CAM Regulation website consists of a hard copy, yet searchable version of the CAMbrella findings - and is also updated with new regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries in 2012. 

The CAMbrella report’s full name was Deliverable 9 - WP 2 - Legal status and regulation of CAM in Europe (FP7-HEALTH-2009, GA No. 241951). The deliverable was developed the CAMbrella consortium in the period January 1, 2010 to April 30, 2012 and updated in the period from May to October 2012. The aim of this work package was to review and describe CAM regulation in all 27 EU member states as well as 10 associated states (later expanded with two additional countries), regarding: 

  • The legal status of CAM 
  • The regulatory status of CAM practices 
  • The governmental supervision of CAM practices 
  • The reimbursement status of CAM practices and medicinal products 
  • The regulation of CAM medicinal products 

An additional aim was to review at the EU level: 

  • The status of EU-wide regulation of CAM practices and medicinal products 
  • The potential obstacles for EU-wide regulation of CAM practices and medicinal products 

The country-specific status was described based on publicly available legal and regulatory documents supplemented by personal visits to a purposive sample of countries. The status regarding regulation of CAM medicinal products and the EU-wide regulation of CAM was described on the basis of publicly available legal and regulatory documents only. 

The deliverable consists of three separate reports, which are permanently hosted in Phaidra, at the University of Vienna:

  1. Deliverable 9 - Report No. 1 - CAM regulations in the European countries (7 MB) -  http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:291583 
  2. Deliverable 9 - Report No. 2 - Herbal and homeopathic medicinal products (500kB) - http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:291682 
  3. Deliverable 9 - Report No. 3 - CAM regulations in EU/EFTA/EEA (800 kB)   - http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:291585 

You can also download a short version with extracts from Report No. 1: 

Acknowledgements 
Authors of the three reports included in the CAMbrella WP2 project were: 
(Lead author in bold print)

  1. Deliverable 9 – Report No. 1 – CAM regulations in the European countries 
    Authors: Wiesener,T Falkenberg, G Hegyi, J Hök, P Roberti di Sarsina, V Fønnebø 
  2. Deliverable 9 – Report No. 2 – Herbal and homeopathic medicinal products 
    Authors: V Fønnebø, T Kristensen Tunby, T Falkenberg, G Hegyi, J Hök, P Roberti di Sarsina, S Wiesener 
  3. Deliverable 9 – Report No. 3 – CAM regulations in EU/EFTA/EEA 
    Authors: S Wiesener,T Falkenberg, G Hegyi, J Hök, P Roberti di Sarsina, V Fønnebø 

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