Legal Status, Work Package 2

Legal status and regulations



In WP 2 we will review and describe the legal status of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Europe. We will consider legislation and regulations in the European Union and the 27 EU member countries, as well as 12 associated countries. There are differences between the countries with regard to whether CAM is regulated by a separate act or not. These differences influence the practice of CAM in Europe. Moreover we want to find out how CAM is regulated and governmentally supervised. The status of reimbursement for CAM (including non-pharmacological medicinal products) in Europe will also be reviewed.

Finally we will identify potential obstacles for EU-wide regulation of CAM and non-pharmacological medicinal products.

The work will build on the report entitled: “How are European patients safeguarded when using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? Jurisdiction, supervision and reimbursement status in the EEA area (EU and EFTA) and Switzerland” published in 2005 by NAFKAM.

The updating of this report will be supplemented by interviews and meetings with health authorities in all of the 39 countries concerned. The current and previous regulatory system will be described based on current and previous EU rules and regulations in the area. This description will be supplemented by personal interviews with the bureaucrats responsible for this area in the EU system.

WP 2 will collaborate with WP 6 on the global situation of CAM in comparing the legal status of CAM in Europe with the rest of the world.

Three reports will be published; firstly the country-specific legal status, secondly the regulatory status of non-pharmacological medicinal products and finally potential obstacles for EU-wide regulation of CAM and non-pharmacological medicinal products.