The European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) is an umbrella organisation for professional associations that represent different fields within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Each member association is made up of individual practitioners, and by January 2009 we represent approximately 9000 practitioners in 12 countries. We have been meeting regularly since 2001 and we continue to welcome new members.
What we do
Our main purpose is to promote the wider recognition and acceptance of TCM therapies by European governments and the public. We exchange views and experiences over matters of mutual interest, such as the statutory regulation of our therapies and the development of our educational programmes.
We are a reference point for consultation regarding any healthcare policy and regulation in Europe that may impact on our professions and our patients, and we offer particular expertise in all fields of TCM.
Our aims and objectives
· To exchange information
The ETCMA collectively holds a wealth of experience, which can be shared for the benefit of every member. We regularly inform each other of the latest political developments affecting TCM therapies in our respective countries and give each other updates on educational developments etc.
· To develop and promote high standards of education
The ETCMA works towards developing accreditation systems for TCM education programmes within Europe. We seek to establish minimum criteria for proficient professional practice, and also to define criteria for the practice of different TCM therapies. We would like to strengthen international academic exchanges and to assist in the development of academic collaboration with European colleges and universities. (more…)