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Status of CAM therapies to be placed on par with Conv. Med. in Switzerland

In Switzerland, Homeopathy, phytomedicine, anthroposophic medicine, traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture are to receive the same status as conventional medicine, when it comes to the reimbursement of health care costs . The  local mandatory health-insurance provider of Switzerland will continue to cover the expenses of these 5 CAM therapies.

Initially, since 2012, the payment of these health care approaches had only been provisional.

The ministry of interior has now argued that the provision of evidence of efficacy, convenience, and profitability of these CAM approaches, will never entirely be possible, and has consequently decided to assume the principle of trust for these health care approaches.

The decree will be brought to hearing in June 2016 , and is aimed at coming into effect in May 2017. As such, a continued provision of access to these CAM therapies will be  warranted.

 

Announcement of the Ministry of interior of Switzerland – 29.03.16:

https://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=de&msg-id=61140

EU – livestock production rules: Antibiotics only “when the use of phytotherapeutic, homeopathic and other products is inappropriate”

For organic farming, the EU rules that animal welfare has to be prioritized and:

“disease shall be treated immediately to avoid suffering to the animal; chemically synthesised allopathic veterinary medicinal products including antibiotics may be used where necessary and under strict conditions, when the use of phytotherapeutic, homeopathic and other products is inappropriate.”

This information was published 25th April 2015 in the Official Journal of the European Union at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32007R0834&from=EN

Canada: Proclamation of the Homeopathy Act 2007

According to its publication  in the Ontario Gazette of 14th March 2015, eventual government approval has lead to the announcement of the proclamation of the Homeopathy Act, 2007.

Proclamation takes place 1st of April 2015, and is the result of intensive effort for structuring and regulating Homeopathy in the county of Ontario.

 

Information found, dated 15th March 2015, at: https://www.facebook.co/CollegeOfHomeopathsOfOntario?fref=nf

as well as at in the publication of the Ontario Gazette,  Volume 148, Issue 11 | Mar 14, 2015, accessible at: http://www.ontario.ca/ontario-gazette?keyword=homeopathy&date_from=&date_to=&op=Search

 

Regulation of homeopathy passes in Belgium – but there’s a catch !

Legislation has passed to regulate the practice of homeopathy in Belgium!

The catch is that only persons qualified as doctors, dentists or midwives,

may from now practise homeopathy .

This means that with imminent effect, practitioners that do not fall in the

mentioned groups of doctor, dentist or midwife have to cease practising.

 

More details can be found at the site of the ECCH, dated 15 May 2014  http://www.homeopathy-ecch.org/