EUFOM federation for acupuncturists

EUFOM federation for acupuncturists 
Kerkhoflaan 19
3740 Eigen_Bilzen
T +32 11 511037
Contact Johan Roose (president)

ETCMA Representative Tom Verhaeghe (vice-president)


Membership information



Member categories

-Effective members
-Aspirant members (still students or not fulfilled the paramedical education)

Membership fee

€285 plus €120 insurance annually

Required continuing education

21 hours/3 days seminars per year

Requirements for continuing membership

-21 hours/3 days CPD per year -To comply with the Code of Ethics

Becoming a member

-You must be a qualified medical professional for example nurse, physiotherapist or doctor
-You must have completed a training in TCM of minimum 750 hours theory and 250 hours clinical practice -Complete the form at

Legal situation in Belgium

The Consumers’ Association in Belgium initiated research into complementary medicine (Sermeus 1987). This research opened the eyes of our politicians! The results of the research confirmed the fact that a lot of people were very satisfied with their acupuncture treatment although most of the therapists were, at that time, illegal. In Belgium, before 29 August 1999 anyone who practised medicine, complementary or orthodox, without being enrolled with the Belgian General Medical Council (that means being a doctor) was committing a criminal offence. Registered doctors have clinical and diagnostic freedom to carry out whatever treatments they think fit. However, those who chose complementary medicine may still have found themselves in conflict with their professional organization, which requires them to treat patients ‘taking all reasonable care given the current state of scientific knowledge’. This discrimination led to Colla’s Law, named after Minister Colla who did a great job in understanding the problems of CAM. (See below) Due to this law CAM has become even more popular over the last few years. A lot of media attention has been given to this issue as a result of this new progressive law. For acupuncture it was a gift. For the first time, patients and therapists alike felt some support from the Government; the unacceptable pressure on non-medical acupuncturists was gone.

However, there is still discrimination when it comes to payment. For example, although the social security system does not directly reimburse for specific complementary treatments, doctors can indirectly include such reimbursement in their fees, whereas non-medical practitioners cannot. There has been no serious research into the financial implications of complementary medicine as a healthcare alternative. Approximately one in two Belgians visits a complementary practitioner. Homeopathy is the most popular treatment, followed by natural remedies, manipulative therapies, acupuncture, and phytotherapy (a form of natural medicine using plants or botanical remedies). Colla’s Law (29 April 1999)

In his important and progressive law Colla foresees the installation of four ‘commissions’ (homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic) and for the first time in Belgium, regulation concerning CAM. This law is unique in European countries and has the following aims:

- to give protection to patients. This is of vital importance for the Ministry of Health. (In the past, even though it was illegal, anybody could give acupuncture with or without training) - to discriminate unqualified therapists from qualified therapists.

The acupuncture commission will lay down the standards necessary to become a qualified acupuncturist. After this, the Parliament will have to vote in the laws resulting from the advice of all four commissions. In this way, non-medical homeopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths and chiropractors will have some legal protection in the future. The law also asks the federations to help organise scientific research concerning the four major CAM therapies. 2005 update

The commissions are now almost installed. It will be some time (maybe some years) before the commissions and then the Parliament can complete the necessary work to establish a specific law legalizing the four CAM therapies.



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