Press Release

Minister launches Report on Regulation of Practitioners of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Ireland

Mr Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children, today (14 November 2002) launched a report on the regulation of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine in Ireland.

“This report provides an invaluable road map towards strengthening the regulation of complementary and alternative therapists practising in our community. The publication of the report, therefore, represents a significant forward step in the development of a high-performing health care system for all,” said the Minister.

The report was commissioned last year as a follow-up to a consultative forum held in the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in June 2001 with practitioners of complementary and alternative therapies. It delivers on Action 106 of the Health Strategy, “Quality and Fairness” and was prepared by the IPA. Some of the recommendations on proposals for the way forward include:

  • establishment of a working group to examine and consider regulatory issues in Ireland
  • continuation and development of a consultation process
  • support for individual therapies in developing or strengthening their systems of self-regulation.

At the launch, the Minister announced the establishment of a National Working Group to advance the agenda set out in the report, addressing the important recommendations in order to advise him on future measures for the regulation of complementary therapists.

The Group is to be chaired by Teri Garvey, the broadcaster and educationalist. Teri has a longstanding professional and personal interest in complementary therapies and will lead the National Working Group in advancing the recommendations of the report.

“The partnership approach that has supported in bringing this process to where it is today, will continue and be sustained in the future through support for the National Working Group,” said the Minister.