Please find below our frequently asked questions.

  • How does my organisation / association become a member of the ETCMA?

    The ETCMA welcomes non-profit professional associations / organisations and federations which are involved at least in one of the fields of TCM (Acupuncture, Herbology, Tuina, Chinese Dietetics or Qi Gong) on a professional level and supports our aims and objectives. To register for membership please download the registration form. The registration form can be sent in to info@etcma.org.

    Further information about the ETCMA you can find in our Memorandum

  • What are the benefits of membership to my organization?

    How we help our members

    • As PR agency
      We continually lobby to get TCM therapies included in Europe’s national health systems, and covered by social and private insurance companies. 

    • As an information network
      We hold a wealth of experience that we share for the benefit of every member. From informal meet ups to news letters, special events and forum discussions. 

    • As a quality standard for education and practition
      We develop the accreditation systems for Traditional Chinese Medicine education within Europe for both proficient professional practice, and the practice of different TCM therapies. With these comparable accreditation systems we create freedom of movement for practitioners across Europe.

    • As an aid to academic growth and research
      We aim to strengthen international academic exchange and assist academic collaboration with European colleges and universities. We promote scientific research into the safety, validity, usefulness, and efficacy of TCM therapies.
    • As a lobbying agency
      We lobby for the common interests of our members by getting a voice on relevant EU committees and forums concerned with complementary therapies. This way we can inform and educate decision makers on policy and provision, with particular reference to TCM therapies.


  • How high is the registration and annual fee?

    Full membership 

    Registration Fee  -  € 1500  

    Annual Fee - € 6,- per member up to 1501 members


    Associate membership and Federations

    For the fees for Associate membership, for Federations and for small associations (less than 50 members) we ask you to contact our Secretary via the contact form. 

  • Who are the other members?

    The ETCMA represents currently over 20 member organisations. You find our members at Find a member.


  • What level of training do the practitioners in the association have to undertake?

    In 2011 members of the ETCMA began to discuss creating minimum educational criteria for membership of the ETCMA.

    Until then it had been the custom and practice of the ETCMA to operate an ‘open door’ policy on applications from TCM professional associations wanting to join the organisation. We had not specified any minimum educational criteria for entry, only an acceptance to work towards the objectives of the Mems and Arts of the ETCMA, which do contain educational aims and objectives.

    After discussion and consultation during 2011 and 2012, the ETCMA General Assembly in Feb 2013 decided to adopt minimum educational criteria for entry to the ETCMA. They are based on the minimum standards of education necessary to produce an acupuncture or TCM practitioner capable of independent practice, who is safe, ethical and competent.

    New member organisations have a time limit of 5 years to reach the ETCMA minimal educational criteria.

    Download Document "Minimum Educational Criteria for Membership of ETCMA"


  • Questions about regulations, work permit, schools and practitioners in a specific European Country?

    Our member organisations can advise you in all kind of questions in their countries. Contact details you find under Find a member.

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