Homeopathy is officially recognized as a therapy since 1965 when it was incorporated in the French Pharmacopoeia. Only medical doctors, dentists, midwives and veterinarians are allowed to practise homeopathy in France (28). Non-medically qualified practitioners are not authorized to prescribe and may even be prosecuted for “illegal practise for medicine“.
The Ordre National des Médécins (National Medical Council) in their report of 27 February 1997 (Labatard-Sartre report) recognized homeopathy as a medical therapeutic method and recommended the creation of a Diplôme Inter-Universitaire (DIU) of homeopathy”(28).
The Ordre National des Médécins allows General Practitioners (GPs) who have taken additional training in homeopathy to use the qualification “orientation homéopathie”, but without submission of diplomas (28). Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in homeopathy are offered at the universities. Some hospitals offer homeopathic treatment (106).
28. ECH (European Committee for Homeopathy). ECH in European Countries. Brussels: ECH; 2011 [cited 2011 September 12]; Available from: http://www.homeopathyeurope.org/countries.
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.