Speaking at the final conference of the European research network for complementary and alternative medicine (CAMbrella), Professor Vinjar Fonnebo, director of the Norwegian Institute for CAM research at the University of Tromso, said: 'The current EU regulation and education chaos for CAM provision makes it impossible for health professionals to give safety and security to their patients and clients.'
His comments follow a three-year study showing that CAM is a neglected area of research and knowledge, and that it differs across countries. In particular, it was revealed that Europe lags behind North America, Asia and Australia in its approach to CAM. This underlines the need for a centralised and coordinated effort to enhance knowledge within this field. In addition, researchers at the conference stressed the need for a coordinated European approach by presenting a roadmap for European CAM research.
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