CAM Conferences

Complementary and alternative therapies for patients today and tomorrow

The workshop was organised by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament on 16 October 2017 and was chaired by Mr Alojz Peterle MEP and Ms Soledad Cabezón Ruiz MEP. 

The subjects that were covered included the high demand of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and the needs and attitudes regarding CAM among EU citizens, the current legal status and policies governing CAM provision in the EU, the number of health professionals working in this sector, common characteristics of CAM therapies, benefits and limitations of the CAM model and the biomedical model as well as the need to integrate both. In addition, the CAMbrella report, the state of affairs in CAM research and a roadmap for future research in this area, the resolutions of the World Health Assembly, the goals of WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 and their implementation. 

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CAM: innovation and added value for European healthcare

The conference was organised by EUROCAM on 9 October 2012. It was funded by the European Commission, the Robert Bosch Foundation and some other sponsors.

Members of the European Parliament, health professionals, patients and policymakers gathered in the European Parliament to hear and debate presentations on the innovative added value of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for European Healthcare. The potential that CAM has to maintain health, prevent ill-health, promote healthier lifestyles and contribute to the sustainability of health systems should not be disregarded by the European Union at a time when health funding is under so much pressure from economic and demographic pressures, the Conference forcefully concluded.

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