About CAM Ireland

CAM Ireland is an online resource created by a group of natural healing therapists in Ireland. It is not a professional association but rather a free resource created to update the general public and practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine on regulatory developments at Irish, European and world level. We also hope to share news and events which may be of interest to the sector. 

Ireland has enjoyed a long tradition of natural healing and many members of the public visit natural healing practitioners on a regular basis. Ireland is a country where people are still within one or two generations of family connection to rural life and the idea of working with nature in healing is widely accepted.

CAM Ireland aims to protect and preserve the rights of the public to access a range of choices in healthcare. CAM Ireland also aims to encourage high standards of education and practice within the sector.


The National Working Group

The National Working Group on the Regulation of Complementary Therapists was established by the Minister for Health and Children in 2002. The group featured representatives of the CAM professions and therapies and worked together for three years. In December 2005 the report was published. The report suggested detailed guidelines for setting standards for CAM professional associations to ensure rigorous self regulation.

The sector was heavily involved at the time and most professional associations upgraded their standards to include code of ethics and practice and continuing professional development.

The full report is available here.


The World Health Organisation

The WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019 strongly supports Member States in providing safe, qualified and effective traditional and complementary medicine services.

“The terms “complementary medicine” and “alternative medicine” refer to a broad set of health care practices that are not part of that country’s own traditional or conventional medicine and are not fully integrated into the dominant health care system. They are used interchangeably with traditional medicine in some countries”

“Practices, providers, education and health insurance Indigenous TM and other T&CM practices are used by the population in Ireland, but the percentages of use are not available.T&CM providers of acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, herbal medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, reiki and reflexology practise in Ireland”


“.......indicators such as national policies, offices, programmes and research institutes for T&CM lag significantly behind the global averages.”

(WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019).

The full report is available here


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