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Regulatory status of homeopathy in Denmark

Homeopathic practice

The Practice of Medicine Act of 1970 permits CAM physicians to practise medicine regardless of their training and without previous authorization. However, CAM physicians are not recognized as official health care providers, their titles are not protected, and they are not integrated into the national health care system.

By Articles 23–26 of Order 426 of the Practice of Medicine Act of 1976, non-medically qualified practitioners are not allowed to perform specific medical acts that are reserved for licensed conventional physicians, nor to use needles except under the supervision of a conventional physician.

As from 1 June 2004 the Law on a self-regulatory registration system for alternative practitioners, the "Lov om en brancheadministreret registreringsordning for alternative behandlere" has come into force, aimed at establishing a voluntary register for non-medically qualified CAM practitioners, including homeopathic practitioners. Its main purpose is to enhance user safety.

The register includes practitioners who 'fulfil well-defined criteria for education and are members of an organisation for practitioners that take on the necessary tasks for registration and maintaining the register'.

 

Homeopathic medicines

Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, which includes homeopathic medicinal products, was implemented by adoption of the Lov om lægemidler nr. 1180 af 12. december 2005, the new Medicines Act of 12 December 2005.

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