CAM legislation – a hot issue in Belgium and Portugal

In Belgium, the legal situation of CAM is at a critical stage, and at the CAMbrella conference in November the participants from the country were listening attentively.

“For us the CAMbrella results are very important. We are building a united Belgian group of CAM organisations in order to strengthen the cooperation and convince the minister of Health of the qualities of CAM, Sieglinde Oliviers, representing Liga Homeopathica Classica.

“Unfortunately the academic medical society in Belgium is very critical towards CAM. We try to unite both kinds of CAM practitioners in one professional organisation, but the medical doctors practicing CAM don’t want to cooperate with non-medical CAM practitioners because they fear that they will not be taken seriously by the medical society.

In the forthcoming months Portugal will be regulating several CAM therapies, and this is a challenge for both practitioners and government.

“This was a very interesting conference, not only regarding the topics addressed but also with regard to the level of commitment that everyone showed. And I think that the networking moments provided were very important”, says Frederico Carvalho, Instituto de Medicina Tradicional, Portugal.

“We strongly believe that this is a good opportunity to collaborate, and if one EU country, such as Portugal, regulates CAM in a way that fulfils the wishes and interests of the European CAM community, this can be useful for other EU countries as well” Carvalho says.

“Thus we hope that the CAMbrella findings can provide our parliament members and professional bodies with the most up to date information regarding CAM.

CAMbrella WorkPackage 2 was focusing on the legal status of CAM.

The CAMbrella reports will be uploaded here during the spring.

International CAM research congress

11th – 13th April 2013, London

The 8th annual International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research will be held in Central London, at the University of London Institute of Education over 3 days. This is the leading international research conference attracting the outstanding international researchers within this field. ICCMR 2013 will focus on the global sustainability of healthcare for long term conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, psychological problems, neurodegenerative conditions and arthritis.

Read more at the ICCMR website


CAMbrella is over – but not out

A European research approach, facilitated by a European Centre for CAM.

CAMbrella was terminated by the end of 2012. But the CAM research networking between the European researchers and organisations will continue.

At the final conference in Brussels, Nov. 29, the core points of the recommendations in the CAMbrella research roadmap were put on the European agenda:

CAMbrella researchers call for the European Commission to support research methods that reflect the real world settings of health care in Europe, and a European wide approach to research that reflects the needs of the citizens.

CAMbrella recommends a centralised and academically supported European Centre for CAM that could implement and make real such a strategy. CAMbrella coordinator Wolfgang Weidenhammer explains: ‘If CAM is to be employed as part of the solution to the health care challenges we face in 2020, it is vital to obtain reliable information on its cost, safety and effectiveness in real world settings. Our vision is for an evidence base to be established which enables European citizens and policy makers to make informed decisions about CAM.’

Read the entire CAMbrella press release and other documents at