Press Release

Minister announces plans to regulate complementary therapists

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin, T.D. today (20 June 2001) welcomed the establishment of a forum to examine and explore the issue of statutory registration for complementary and alternative therapists. This is the first occasion that all the key practitioners in the complementary and alternative medicine sector have met together.

The Minister has requested the Institute of Public Administration to follow up on today´s Forum and report to him on how best to advance plans to prepare and implement a system of registration for practitioners in the sector.

Speaking at the Forum, the Minister stated “I believe that it is essential that the public is afforded protection when accessing services in this area. I hope to move this issue forward through further discussions with the relevant parties. The process will take time to develop to put in place a robust system of registration and regulation.”

The Minister pointed out the timeliness of the initiative as it coincides with his Department´s preparation of the new health strategy. Complementary and alternative therapies are perceived as playing a valuable role and service to many people. A people-centred health care system must accommodate and ensure the delivery of quality treatment as appropriate.