ETCMA was formed in 2002 as a forum for Professional Associations and Registers of Traditional Chinese Medicine inclusive of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Tui Na. It had been orginally formed as the EATCM in 2000 but this consisted of both Professional Bodies and Educational Institutions and ended up dissolving.When the ETCMA was formed it was agreed to be solely for Professional Bodies. It is now the largest organisation representing professional TCM associations in Europe.
Initally it had 4 founding member organisations: AGTCM (Germany), BAcC (United Kingdom), EUFOM (Belgium) and NVA (Netherlands) which were represented by Nils von Below, Jasmine Uddin, Johan Roose and Albert de Vos. Its inaugural President was Jasmine Uddin. She served as President for twelve years. The Executive Committee currently consists of 9 members. In 2014 Albert de Vos was elected President.The ETMCA has grown considerably in this time and now represents over 20 organisations from over 16 different European countries. The ETCMA receives new membership applications each year.
ETCMA Aims and Objectives are outlined in its Memorandum and Articles of Association (referred to as Mems). The Original Mems were reviewed and altered in 2001 and then again in 2007. As there has been such rapid growth of the organisation particularly over the last 5 years, the ETCMA has undergone two external reviews. As a result of this the ETCMA is currently undergoing a restructuring programme and a revised Mems.