Regulation of complementary and alternative medicine: An international perspective

Date of this Version

December 2006

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Weir, Michael (2006) Regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An International Perspective is published in Medicine and Law, Volume 25, pp. 673-685.
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The regulatory structure for complementary and alternative medicine worldwide reflects an orthodox medicine perspective that seeks to exclude complementary and alternative medicine from the health sector. This results in a regulatory structure that does not adequately protect those consumers who choose complementary and alternative medicine as their form of health care. This article discusses the historical reasons for the current regulatory structures and suggests it is time to provide consumers of complementay and alternative medicine with statutory regulation under a minimalist regime to provide quality markers for the training and ethics of complementary and alternative medicine practioners. Copyright © 2006 by Yozmot; M. Weir

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