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Homeopathy in Poland

Homeopathy is not a regulated treatment in Poland. Only medical doctors or dentists are allowed to treat patients, by that doctors can treat homeopathically without any interference (28, 225).

Non-doctor practitioners may practise CAM if they do not claim to treat patients (50). This is legal according to Polish Classification of Goods and Services, according to which a homeopath registers his activity at point 85.14.13-00.30 defined as (55): ”Services delivered by paramedical personnel, including homeopathic services and similar, excluding services delivered by medical doctors” (70).

A law published in April 2010 defines “Practitioners of unconventional or complementary methods of therapy” and the title “homeopath” is specifically mentioned (50). Art. 5 of the Articles of Association “The Company’s scope of business activities” refers to homeopathy treatment in PKD 86.90.D) Activities of paramedics include homeopathy treatment (226).

Homeopathy in Poland is not recognized as a medical specialization (41). “On 4 April 2008 Poland’s Supreme Medical Council adopted a resolution disapproving of homeopathy” (41, 225). The resolution seems to be not consistent with the Polish and European Pharmaceutical Law which accepts Pharmacopeia with homeopathic remedies (225).

Polish homeopaths are associated in a few homeopathic associations (225). Basic homeopathic training for medical doctors is organized by Center for Practical Training in Classical Homeopathy (Ośrodek Praktycznego Szkolenia Homeopatii Klasycznej). Seminars in classical homeopathy are held by Polish Homeopathic Association (PTH) and Great Poland Homeopathic Physicians’ and Pharmacist’ Association (WSHLiF) (225).

Sources

28. ECH (European Committee for Homeopathy). ECH in European Countries. Brussels: ECH; 2011 [cited 2011 September 12]; Available from: http://www.homeopathyeurope.org/countries.

41. ECHAMP. Homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in the EU: Facts and Figures 2011 (Third edition). In: European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medical Products, editor. Third ed. Brussels: ECHAMP E.E.I.G.; 2011.

50. ECCH. The Legal Situation for the Practice of Homeopathy in Europe; An ECCH report; Oct 2010; Revised Edition 2011,. Brussels: European Central Council of Homeopaths 2010.

55. Law on Health Care of Federation BiH (Official Gazette of FBiH. No. 46/10) Parliament of federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina(2010).

70. ECCH. The Legal Situation for the Practice of Homeopathy in Europe; Revised Edition 2009. European Council for Classical Homeopathy (ECCH), 2009 May 2006. Report No.: 2009.

225. Tomasz Kokoszczyński; Polish Homeopathic Society. Report about Homeopathy in Poland 2007/2008. Berlin: Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI); 2012 [cited 2012 February 28]; Available from: http://liga.iwmh.net/index.php?menuid=1&reporeid=111.

226. Ministry of Health Poland. Medical Education: The system and challenges. 2012 [cited 2012 February 27]; Available from: http://www.mz.gov.pl/wwwmzold/index?mr=m0&ms=&ml=en&mi=535&mx=0&mt=&my=464&ma=5168.

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