Complementary and Alternative Medicine

CAM - for sustainable patient centred healthcare

EUROCAM Uniting European organisations in the sector of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine

EUROCAM is a European platform for organisations representing patients, medical doctors, veterinarians and practitionerspractitioners in the sector of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

The aim of EUROCAM is to promote the contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to better health in Europe. EUROCAM is an independent non-profit and non-governmental European umbrella organisation. 

EUROCAM foundation

EUROCAM represents acupuncture, Ayurveda, anthroposophic medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, naturopathic or traditional European medicine, osteopathy, reiki and traditional Chinese medicine.

The practice of CAM modalities is based on clinical expertise, which has been collected in the course of their existence, and the best available clinical evidence from scientific research built over the last few decades.

Objective

The objective of EUROCAM is to promote and facilitate CAM’s role in enhancing and maintaining citizens' health, highlighting health promotion as well as CAM’s contribution in preventative healthcare. 

EUROCAM focuses on CAM’s place in EU public health policy and programmes.

EUROCAM emphasises the accessibility and affordability of CAM.

EUROCAM advocates for CAM with EU policymakers.

Latest News

Takeaways from the Event Integrative Oncology - the holistic approach to cancer care

18 March 2021 | On 17 March  the European Parliament’s Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health organised the event: Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care. Excellent key speakers gave their insights and highly qualified information about the concept of Integrative cancer care, holistic treatments such as mind-body techniques, acupuncture, herbs and dietary supplements, and the collaboration between hospitals, universities and government. After the presentations Commission’s Deputy Director-General for Health Dr Paolo Guglielmetti pointed out that Integrative Oncology can find its place in the Beating Cancer Plan and knowledge from the experts in this field is welcomed. MEPs Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP) emphasised that input from the experts is important in their discussions about the EU4Health programme and the Beating Cancer Plan.

Register for the online event 'Integrative Oncology - the holistic approach to cancer care' 

17 March 2021 | 16.00 - 18.00 hrs CET

The MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health is delighted to invite you to the online event ‘Integrative Oncology - the holistic approach to cancer care’. A unique opportunity to hear expert speakers on Integrative Oncology - the holistic approach to cancer care.  Patients with cancer often use Complementary Medicine methods such as acupuncture, meditation, herbs, and dietary supplements in addition to their conventional cancer treatment. A systematic review shows that the use of these methods in Europe is around 40% and varies across different European countries. Patients seek to optimize the therapeutic benefits of conventional treatment, minimize cancer symptoms or adverse effects from treatment, and enhance general well-being.  Registration deadline 14 March 2021, more information about the  event and the key speakers and the members of the MEP Interest Group can be read on our event page.

Launch of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health

8 December 2020 |The Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health brings together MEPs working to promote Integrative Medicine and Health in all European Parliament public health policy.

Integrative Medicine and Health combines conventional biomedicine and complementary medicine, focuses on the whole person and considers individuals in their physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and environmental context. This inclusive approach meets the demand of EU citizens for a holistic, patient-centred approach in medicine.

EUROCAM non-state actor WHO Europe

15 September 2020 | EUROCAM has been officially accredited as a non-state actor by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.
This position creates more opportunities to promote CAM and Integrative Medicine & Health’s role in enhancing and maintaining citizens' health, thus contributing to more sustainable healthcare systems in the EU.

EU4Health Programme

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has become a severe public health emergency with implications for citizens, societies, and economics, the European Commission released the ambitious proposal for a health programme for the 2021-2027 period. EUROCAM key points on the EU4Health programme can be read here.

WHO European Programme of Work

The WHO Region Office for Europe has recently published its European Programme of Work 2020-2025. United action for better health in Europe – which focuses on the recovery, resilience and robustness of public health and health systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO Regional Office for Europe outlines, in this Europe Programme of Work, its ideas on how to support European countries and better fulfil citizens’ expectations about health. EUROCAM’s comments and proposals for the amendments can be read here.

Resolution on the EU's public health strategy post-COVID-19

On 10 July the European Parliament, which has consistently promoted the establishment of a coherent EU public health policy, adopted, with an overwhelming majority, a resolution on the EU’s public health strategy post-COVID-19. The Parliament’s handling of the EU4Health Programme is still ongoing.

Our mission is to promote and facilitate CAM/IM’s role in maintaining citizens' health and promote CAM and Integrative Medicine in EU public health policy