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Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine Homeopathy has continued to be the subject of significant media coverage in recent months, with one story dominating the debate – the French government’s decision to stop funding the reimbursement of homeopathic medicinal products. Media items across Europe examined the pros and cons of the decision and both Germany and Luxemburg responded to the news by reconfirming their commitment to uphold the status quo for these medicines in their countries. In this round up of the most prominent stories that have been in the media in recent months, we go behind the headlines to share some of the background. 14 Oct 2019
Australian NHMRC seeks to put the record straight on homeopathy – too little, too late? Australia’s leading research institute, NHMRC, responds to intense public pressure to put the record straight on homeopathy – but is it too little, too late? 09 Oct 2019
Germany and Luxembourg uphold the status quo of homeopathic medicines The German health minister, Jens Spahn, has confirmed that homeopathic medicinal products will continue to be reimbursed by health insurance companies in Germany. 19 Sep 2019
Australian NHMRC releases suppressed first report on homeopathy Following years of global pressure, the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has finally released its draft first report on homeopathy, produced in 2012 and suppressed until now. The report concludes that there is “encouraging evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy” in five medical conditions. 28 Aug 2019
ECHAMP calls on MEPs to support initiatives in favour of homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products Two new leaflets from ECHAMP provide Members of the European Parliament with bite-sized information about the sector for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. 22 Jul 2019
Prince Charles, HRH Prince of Wales, becomes Patron of Faculty of Homeopathy The Faculty of Homeopathy, the preeminent global association for healthcare professionals who are trained to use homeopathy, announces its new Patron, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. 25 Jun 2019
Homeopathy Research Institute’s 4th International Research Conference Visit the HRI Facebook and Twitter pages for the first highlights of its 4th International Research Conference and tenth anniversary celebrations. 25 Jun 2019
Strong support for homeopathy from opinion formers in Italy A new survey of opinion formers in Italy confirms a positive relationship between the scientific medical community and homeopathy. 25 Jun 2019
French campaign to uphold reimbursement of homeopathy gains momentum Over a million people have signed a petition in France in favour of upholding the reimbursement of homeopathic medicines by the French health system. 24 Jun 2019
Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine In the EU, quality, safety and compliance with manufacturing requirements of homeopathic medicinal products are guaranteed, well-established and well-balanced in pharmaceutical law. Nevertheless, some journalists are ready to criticise homeopathy at every opportunity, demonstrating their own lack of understanding of this system of medicine and the regulation of its products. Stakeholders across Europe are working hard to provide high quality information on these established and popular systems of medicine. A stronger common narrative is emerging supported by high levels of public awareness and use of these products and very high levels of patient satisfaction. This article provides a round-up of some stories that have recently been in the news, bringing you some of the facts that don’t make it into the media. 18 Jun 2019
World Health Organisation - new report on traditional and complementary medicine The use of traditional and complementary medicine has grown around the world over the past twenty years and 88% of all World Health Organisation Member States acknowledge its use. Homeopathy is now used in 100 countries worldwide. 05 Jun 2019
Safety, Pharmacovigilance and Appropriate Information for Patients of Homeopathic Medicinal Products A new study shows that the quality, safety and compliance with manufacturing requirements of homeopathic medicinal products are guaranteed, well-established and well-balanced in pharmaceutical law in Germany and the EU. 05 Jun 2019
ECHAMP’s new President argues in favour of a new outlook for the sector for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products ECHAMP today welcomes a new President, David Reckeweg-Lecompte, unanimously elected by ECHAMP’s Board of management. David is Managing Director at Dr. Reckeweg GmbH in Germany and has been a Board member of ECHAMP since 2016. He takes over from Dr. Gesine Klein who has led the organisation for six years. 01 Jun 2019
2018: A strong foundation, determined actors and systematic progress ECHAMP is pleased to announce the publication of its 2018 Annual Report, which confirms the constructive outcome of ECHAMP’s renewed efforts to ensure good dialogue and collaboration with key stakeholders in our field and some solid progress on key technical issues for our industry. 21 May 2019
A spotlight on India India has been described as the ‘super hub’ of homeopathy with one of the most advanced ‘gold standard’ regulatory systems in the world. 150 million people use homeopathy there in their daily healthcare, delivered by around 300,000 medical practitioners in primary healthcare settings, including hospitals. The Indian government is making a strong commitment to homeopathy, as described at the World Integrated Medicine Forum in Goa in January. 25 Apr 2019
The future of the sector: ECHAMP hosts industry discussion ECHAMP hosted an exclusive, lively and positive workshop for chief and senior executives of the EU industry for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in Dublin on 8th April, as part of its annual Membership Assembly activities. 15 Apr 2019
New website for EUROCAM EUROCAM, the foundation that unites and represents European organisations in the CAM sector in Brussels, has relaunched its website, now a valuable platform and resource for stakeholders, politicians and people interested in CAM and healthcare. 29 Mar 2019
Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy: programme announced Homeopathy Research Institute is promising a fast-paced programme of the highest calibre research for its London conference 14-16th June. Register before 31 March for the early-bird discount. 29 Mar 2019
Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine How is it that this comparatively small and emerging sector is able to fill the headlines so regularly? Homeopathy has always been the subject of public debate and from its inception has provoked scientific disputes. This is an intrinsic outcome of its specific paradigms, which are increasingly supported by good data. Scientific debate is important. However, it is increasingly clear that some actors in this debate base their arguments on false information and unscientific methods, with an increasing intention of influencing policy making on homeopathic medicinal products. This article provides a round-up of news on homeopathy that has been recently in the public eye, both constructive and negative, bringing you up to date with the latest stories and giving you access to the often hidden facts behind the headlines. 06 Feb 2019
Advancing global collaboration on the regulation of homoeopathic medicinal products The second World Integrated Medicine Forum in Goa addressed the topic of global collaboration on the regulation of homeopathic medicinal products. 29 Jan 2019
Global impact of the flawed Australian Report on Homeopathy A new animation from Homeopathy Research Institute demonstrates the global impact of NHMRC's flawed 2015 report on homeopathy and how this inaccurate research in Australia is damaging homeopathy worldwide. 22 Jan 2019
European Pharmacopoeia: State-of-the-Art Science for Tomorrow’s Medicines An international conference in Strasbourg, 19-20 June, hosted by EDQM, will address all aspects of the quality of medicines and help pave the way for the future European Pharmacopoeia. 18 Jan 2019
New HMPWG guidance: first safe dilutions and nosodes HMPWG has published five new finalised documents on its website – on first safe dilutions, nosodes and a recent meeting report. 15 Jan 2019
New HMPWG consultations – questions and answers on quality and first safe dilutions The Homeopathic Medicinal Products Working Group of the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMPWG) has released three new documents for public consultation – two with questions and answers on the quality of homeopathic medicinal products, and the fifth list of first safe dilutions. ECHAMP explains briefly the content of these documents and invites members to submit their comments to the office by 27th February. 15 Jan 2019
New surveys confirm support for homeopathy in France and Italy Two new market surveys confirm solid support for homeopathy amongst patients in France and in Italy. 17 Dec 2018
Reducing the need for antibiotics – the contribution of complementary and alternative medicine European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November: New materials from EUROCAM put a spotlight on the role of CAM in reducing the problem of antimicrobial resistance. 16 Nov 2018
HMPWG consultation: Questions and Answers Document on the Quality of Homeopathic Medicinal Products (Q10) Your comments are requested on the new HMPWG consultation "Questions and Answers Document on the Quality of Homeopathic Medicinal Products (Q10)". ECHAMP’s deadline for comments is 31 October 2018. 18 Oct 2018
Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine Occasionally carefully researched, often misrepresented, homeopathy is never far from the limelight. Co-ordinated challenges to the sector are being countered by increasingly active campaigns from those who use and benefit from the medicines and therapies. Read on for our triannual round up of some of the key stories about homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine that have cropped up in the European media in recent months. 03 Oct 2018
ECHAMP Position Paper – Illegal pharmcovigilance requirements for registered homeopathic medicinal products A new position paper from ECHAMP outlines an irregular, inconsistent and illegal change in the pharmacovigilance obligations for manufacturers of homeopathic medicinal products in the EU. 21 Sep 2018
EU-Japanese mutual recognition agreement extends to homeopathic medicinal products Homeopathic medicinal products are now included in the range of medicines for which the European Union (EU) and Japan agree to recognise each other’s inspections of manufacturing sites. 21 Sep 2018
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