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Launch of EP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health The European Parliament Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health, launched on 7 December, highlights the significant contribution integrative medicine can make to contemporary healthcare challenges. Dec 11, 2020
Homeopathy: economical and effective New data from Securvita, a German health insurance company, confirm that medical treatment with homeopathy is an important and effective addition to conventional medicine. The study shows that policy holders who receive homeopathic care are significantly better off and need fewer conventional medicines than those who receive ordinary conventional care without homeopathic treatment. This applies to both children and adults, suffering from a wide range of conditions. The effectiveness of medical homeopathic treatments is demonstrated through a number of measures, including the lower consumption of strong drugs, a reduction in the number of days off work, fewer hospital admissions and shorter hospital stays. Dec 09, 2020
Why people use complementary and alternative medicine A new study finds that the main reasons for using complementary and alternative medicine are a positive attitude towards it and dissatisfaction with conventional medicine. Dec 09, 2020
HMPWG: Questions and answers document on regulatory and legal issues HMPWG’s new ‘Questions and answers document on regulatory and legal issues concerning homeopathic medicinal products’ confirms the high legal and regulatory standards for these products within the medicinal products legislation in Europe. Nov 12, 2020
Bavaria establishes department dealing with integrative medicine The state of Bavaria in South East Germany has announced the establishment of a new department within the Ministry of Health with a focus on integrative medicine. Oct 27, 2020
One in five Europeans relies on alternatives in addition to classical medicine The STADA Health Report provides a snapshot of what the people of Europe think about the future of health: one fifth relies on alternative treatments such as homeopathy, acupuncture or functional foods in addition to classical medicine. Serbia, Austria and Switzerland all demonstrate above average openness to such alternatives. Oct 14, 2020
Campania residents would vote in favour of homeopathy A new survey shows that 800,000 residents of Campania in South-West Italy use homeopathic medicines, and one fifth of those have done so for over a decade. 90% of users think it is very or quite important for politicians to pay attention to these medicines. Sep 30, 2020
Dates for your diary 2021 Important sector events planned for 2021 Sep 03, 2020
New publication demonstrates negligible material risks of homeopathic medicinal products The findings of recent reviews of controlled homeopathic clinical trials were identified and matched with experimental data from toxicological studies in order to clarify what is known and not known about the material risks of homeopathic medicines. Jul 23, 2020
Support our industry in standing up for patient choice ECHAMP’s 2019 Annual Report is now available to download from our website. Jun 30, 2020
Stop press… News from Homeopathy Research Institute Click through for an update on various useful resources from HRI. Jun 23, 2020
New study - A descriptive analysis of the Vademecum of Anthroposophic Medicines A new analysis of the Vademecum of Anthroposophic Medicines shows that it is possible to document, assess, and aggregate in a systematic and transparent way experiential evidence from a large group of therapy providers for a large number of anthroposophic medicinal products. This study supports the potential of the Vademecum for scientific and regulatory assessment of these medicines. Jun 05, 2020
Healthier Europe with Homeopathy A new manifesto from the European associations of homeopathic doctors and patients of homeopathy provides a succinct and scientific summary of the benefits of homeopathy. Mar 11, 2020
Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine In this regular news item, we bring you a summary of recent news and events about homeopathy that have been covered in the media, with links to resources that seek to bring a better balance to the discussions. Read more… Feb 17, 2020
Does homeopathy work? Can a medicinal product work if its active ingredient is so heavily diluted that it no longer contains any molecules? Feb 14, 2020
Report confirms positive attitude and high demand for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines ECHAMP’s comprehensive review of the sector, ‘Spotlight on an Industry’, is now available online. Jan 14, 2020
HRI Website - Und jetzt auch auf Deutsch… Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) has launched a German version of its website, making available a wealth of accurate and accessible information on research in homeopathy in the German language. Oct 28, 2019
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. Oct 14, 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? Oct 09, 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. Sep 19, 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. Aug 28, 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. Jul 22, 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. Jun 25, 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. Jun 25, 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. Jun 25, 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. Jun 24, 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. Jun 18, 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. Jun 05, 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. Jun 05, 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. Jun 01, 2019