Osteopathy in Portugal | Cam-Regulation

Osteopathy in Portugal

Since 2003 Osteopathy treatment has been regulated by the Portuguese Law No 45/2003 of 22 August 2003 on the provision of non-conventional therapies (231).

Detailed regulation of Osteopathy was approved by Resolution No 64/2003 (235). Osteopathy regulation is included in the tasks for the Official Portuguese Government / State Inter-Ministerial Commission to Study and Propose the Regulation of Osteopathy (Law 45 / 2003 - Conjunct Dispatch nº 261 / 2005; - Resolution of the Portuguese Parliament for Osteopathy nº 64 / 2003) (235).

On September 2, 2013 the Portuguese government introduced new regulation on Acupuncture, Phytotherapy, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Naturopathy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic. (1st Series No. 168-2-September 2013 1 Law No. 71/2013 September 2 amends law no 45/2003 of 22 August). The law relates to exercise of professional activities applied in non-conventional therapies.

It applies to all professionals engaged in the practice of the above listed treatments. Professional titles are protected and are only allowed to holders of the relevant practicing certificate. The Central Administration of the Health System (‘Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde’, ACSS) established and maintains an updated, official register of those CAM professionals affected by the law (319). (http://www.acss.min-saude.pt//2016/12/14/terapeuticas-nao-convencionais-2/ , accessed 18th June 2019)


231. Portuguese Law No 45/2003 of 22 august 2003 on the provision of non-conventional therapies: Project of law No 263/IX (for framing the base of the non-conventional medicines) and Project of law No 27/IX (Legal procedures of the non-conventional therapies). Assembleia da República(2003).

235. The Assembly of the Republic of Portugal. The Official Portuguese Government / State Inter-Ministerial Commission to Study and Propose the Regulation of Osteopathy (Law 45 / 2003 -Conjunct Dispatch nº 261 / 2005; – Resolution of the Assembly of the Republic No. 64/2003 of 15 July 2003 on the regulation of osteopathy. (Diário da República, Part I-A, 28 July 2003, No. 172, p. 4389)
2003 [cited 2012 March 2012]; Available from: http://www.osteopathy.org/find-anosteopath/Augusto-Henriques-RuaViscondedeSeabra.

320. Diário da República, 1.ª série — N.º 194 — 8 de outubro de 2014 Governmental order establishing the characterization and content of the osteopathic profession, (2013).

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