Massage is regulated in the Czech Republic. According to the Ministry of Health, massage performed to treat health problems associated with various diseases is regulated for physiotherapists and medical staff appropriately trained in accordance with the Education Act No.96/2004 Coll.. Massage given to healthy people by masseurs is regulated in the Trade Licensing Act (374/2004 Coll. Use of medical devices is only allowed for health professionals) (75).
A massage therapist has to document 150 hours of studies with some specification for theory and practice (or diploma from university- (medical doctor or physiotherapist))(77). See also “other treatments”.
No insurance is needed for massage therapists who are “consulting and advising”(77). Massage is registered in the EU regulated health professions database as follows: Masseur is a regulated profession with two national titles: the common EU ID no. 1260 includes two different titles:
Masseur/Blind and Asthenopic Masseur (EN) is a directly related regulated profession with title “Masér/nevidomý a slabozraký maser” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5) , ID 7114. General system of recognition – primary application. National legislation: Act 96/2004 Coll., Art.37. Qualification level: ATT – Attestation competence, Art. 11a. (7). Useful webpage: http://www.mzcr.cz.
Massage, reconditioning and regeneration services (EN) is a directly related regulated profession with title “Masérské, rekondični a regeneračni služby” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 14595. General system of recognition – primary application. National legislation: Sections 6, 7, 8, 24 of Act No 455/1991 Coll.,the Trade Licensing Act, as amended. Qualification level: SEC – Certificate attesting the completion of a secondary course, Act 11 b (7). Useful webpage: http://www.mzcr.cz.
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.
75. Baculíková I. Email: CAM health professionals regulation in the Check Republik. Prague: The Ministry of Health Czech Republic, department of medical profession and the recognition of qualifications; 2011.
77. Miroslav Krutina, Ludmila Bendova. Email and meeting: Law governing the practice of CAM in Czech Republic- notes, discussion and questionnaire. Prague: Miroslav Krutina; 2010. p. 2.