Homeopathy in Norway | Cam-Regulation

Homeopathy in Norway

In Norway, homeopathy be provided by both medical and non-medical professionals, as well as inside or outside of the official health care system.

The professional title "homeopath" is not protected, so the title can be used by everyone. No licence or medical competence is required to provide it, but treatment of some health conditions and the execution of some procedures are generally reserved for medically qualified health professionals.

Homeopathy is largely known to be provided outside the official health care system, by non-medical professionals.

Medically qualified health professionals who provide it are supervised on basis of the Norwegian Supervision Act

In the case of an injury sustained by homeopathic treatment from a non-medically qualified provider, the government does not take responsibility for any compensation. If the provider is medically qualified, the Act on Patient Injury Compensation (Pasientskadeloven) may apply.  

Expenses for such treatment provided by non-medically qualified providers are not reimbursed. When provided by medically qualified health professionals, they may under certain circumstances be reimbursed. 

Homeopathic/ anthroposophic remedies are regulated as medicinal drugs, meaning that they are only available in pharmacies. Expenses for such remedies are not reimbursed. 

Yet private health insurance is not widely used, some companies offer insurance which reimburse the expense of homeopathy, regardless whether the provider is medically qualified or not.

In Norway, there are several professional associations which organize homeopaths. Some of these associations are approved by the health authorities, making it possible for their members to list themselves in a voluntary, official registry of CAM practitioners. Acupuncturists listed here, must have a valid liability insurance against any claims for injuries sustained in their CAM practise.

Read more about CAM in Norway in our general summary

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