Nederlandse Vereniging voor Traditionele Chinese Geneeskunde (ZHONG)

Dutch Association of Chinese Traditional Medicine 
Salverdaplein 15
6700 AG  Wageningen

T +31 317 423505 
F +31 317 451996

Contact Marcus Wijinalda (Chairman)

ETCMA Representative Klaas Kromhout (EC Member)


Founding date of the organisation: 1993

Membership information

Members: 859

Member categories

  • Practicing membership: persons graduated at Bachelor level in a TCM discipline and basics of Western medicine (WMB) at an institute recognised by Zhong and practicing for at least 2 day parts per week on average
  • Student membership: persons having finished the basics in TCM and studying at an institute recognised by Zhong 
  • Non practicing membership: persons studying at an institute recognised by Zhong, or persons having graduated at an institute recognised by Zhong but practicing less than 2 day parts per week on average.
  • Honorary members: people who made great contribution to TCM society; members who retired from their professionals permanently.

Membership fee

  • Practicing member: € 440 (per calendar year) 
  • Student member: € 95 (per calendar year) 
  • Non practicing member: € 225 (per calendar year) 
  • Honorary member: free 

Basic training required

TCM theory: 840 hours; 4200 self study hours 
Western medicine: 420 hours; 2100 self study hours 
Practical training: 560 hours 
Clinical training: 280 hours 
Professional thesis: 104 hours, mandatory 
Certificate of Good Conduct 
First Aid certificate 
Medical Ethics 
Psychology (will be implemented) 
Health law and regulation 
Communicating skills 
International Diploma Evaluation from NUFFIC or IDW (in case of foreign (i.e. not Dutch or Flemish) diploma in TCM) 

Required continuing education

  • 108 hours in a three year’s period (now: 2011-2013). Evaluation end 2013. Mandatory

Requirements for continuing membership

Agreement to abide by Zhong Professional Code 
Certificate of First Aid and BLS 
Insurance for Professional liability 
Insurance for Legal assistance (recommended) 
Regular practice inspection 
Continuing professional education 
Minimum in practicing hour

Becoming a member - Send application form with required documents (copies) - pay administration fee - file (if complete) checked by Admission committee - in case of approval by Admission committee: either admittance as a member or invitation for a ballot (in case of a not recognised diploma in TCM at Bachelor level)

Ballot: the candidates need to take a challenging exam both on theory and practical by one of the Zhong recognized institutions. After passed the exam, oral presentation of 5 practical cases for 2 members of Zhong Admission committee. After approval of ballot:

Admittance as a member 
Pay membership and insurance fees and vouch for Zhong shield
Registration as a Zhong member

Legal situation in the Netherlands - There is neither legal recognition nor restrictions to practice TCM/acupuncture in the Netherlands. Costs for acupuncture treatments can be reimbursed to a certain amount per year depending on one's insurance policy and if the practitioner is a member of the professional organizations that are recognized by insurance companies. 

Chinese herbs and herbal products are classified as foods and food supplements and they can be imported and marketed without registration or notification. Costs of these products are, however, not reimbursable.

Funding of treatment - In general clients of a TCM practitioner need to pay for their own treatment. Depending on the rules of their additional health insurance a health insurance may pay for their treatment. Quite often there is a maximum for reimbursement per treatment or a maximum for an annual reimbursement. The rules for reimbursement vary per health insurance. Health insurances do require that a therapist is a member of a professional TCM organization.  

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