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MEPs at the European Parliament declare their support for the right to work of practitioners of natural therapies in Europe.

At the second meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group for CAM hosted by Ms Marian Harkin MEP for the Midlands Northwest Constituency of Ireland and organised by EFCAM ( European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) MEP’s declared their support for the right of professionals in CAM to work and to practice across European borders in the same way as other professionals.

In opening the meeting MEP Harkin (ALDE) highlighted the fact that whilst millions of Europeans were using CAM as a private healthcare treatment to many it remained inaccessible due to its lack of recognition by the public healthcare systems. Noting that many Member States have no regulation in natural therapies, she emphasised that “rather than viewing this as a problem, we need to take this as an opportunity”.

According to EFCAM there are 360,000 professionals of CAM in Europe practising a range of natural therapies such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, kinesiology, osteopathy, shiatsu, reflexology and many more. The practitioners of these professions want these practices recognised and appropriately regulated across Europe.

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