What is CAM Regulation? | Cam-Regulation

What is CAM Regulation?

The website presents the regulation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Europe: legislation, governmental supervision and reimbursement status in 39 European countries.


In short, the legislation and regulation of the CAM field is broad and complex, and differs highly from one country to the other: 

”Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is, in Europe, regulated either as conventional, complementary or alternative medicine, or not regulated at all. CAM regulation is, however, different in each of the 39 European countries included in the CAMbrella WP2 survey. Consequently, an essential question is; What are the patient safety implications of the European disharmonious landscape of health regulation?”

Wiesener S. Disharmonized regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Europe – Implications for patients safety [Master thesis]. University of Stavanger; 2013 

On this website, you will find information about the different countries’ legislation, educational and qualifying thresholds for practicing CAM, professional title protection status, standardization of treatments and registration demands for professionals. 

For educational purposes, the website also includes several maps and overviews, both regarding the general CAM legislation on a meta level, as well as treatment and country specific maps. From the front page, you may filter information based on treatment and country, to rapidly finding specific information you are looking for (ex. Acupuncture in Hungary).  

The website seeks to provide answers to the following questions: 

  • Which therapies are considered and regulated as CAM in a given European/EU country? 
  • How is a specific CAM treatment regulated in a European/EU country? 
  • Is CAM treatment reimbursed or not? 
  • What are the legal conditions for CAM providers in a given European/EU country? 
  • What are the acts and regulations as well as national educational and training requirements for CAM practitioners in a given European/EU country – if any. 
  • Which health conditions are illegal for CAM providers to treat – if any. 

CAM Regulation is hosted by NAFKAM

Norway's National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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