Press Release

Minister Callely launches the Federation of Irish Complementary Therapy Associations (FICTA) skillnets training and education programme

Mr Ivor Callely T.D., Minister for Services for Older People, today (4 December, 2003), launched the Federation of Irish Complementary Therapy Associations (FICTA) Skillnets Training and Education Programme.

At the launch, Minister Callely welcomed the FICTA Skillnets Programme which is developing courses specific to the complementary healthcare sector which will be of direct benefit to complementary therapists.

The Minister spoke about the National Working Group on the Regulation of Complementary Therapists whose aim is to progress the agenda set out in the report on the regulation of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine in Ireland, addressing the other important recommendations highlighted in the report in order to advise the Minister on future measures for better regulation of complementary therapists.

“This National Working Group, operating in co-operation with the representative bodies in the field will continue to develop the consultative process, building on the goodwill and positive attitude towards better regulation expressed by complementary therapists in the past” stated the Minister.

The Minister went on to say that the approach being adopted by the Department is “underpinned by a clear recognition that practitioners themselves are best placed to assess and evaluate the positive contribution that improved regulation can make to the delivery of services to the public.”

MinisterĀ“s Speech