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Report confirms positive attitude and high demand for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines

A new report from ECHAMP, the European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products, confirms high levels of awareness of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in many countries in Europe, with growing use of and demand for these medicines and positive attitudes of citizens towards these therapies. The publication includes a personal introduction from Michèle Rivasi, Member of the European Parliament.

Studies show that patients choose these products for their high safety profile. Users tend to be female with higher levels of education; patient satisfaction is generally high. Nevertheless, citizens express a wish for more support regarding complementary medicine from medical professionals. They need and want easily accessible and trustworthy information that can support informed decisions on treatment options.

The report, ‘Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products in the EU – Spotlight on an Industry’, provides a comprehensive and up-to-date profile of this sector. It outlines the demand for these medicinal products, presents the characteristics of the industry and summarises the evidence base that underpins the use of these medicines in health care.

In her foreword to the publication, Me Rivasi welcomes the report as “an authoritative source of information on the sector for homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in the EU.” She confirms her commitment to this sector, saying, “Legislation for homeopathic medicinal products has deep roots in their broad use in the Member States. I am committed to ensuring that they take their rightful place within European health care.”

David Reckeweg-Lecompte, President of ECHAMP, says, “ECHAMP’s new report casts a unique spotlight on this established and EU-based industry, which offers significant benefit and service to millions of European citizens. We continue to work to make sure patients are offered genuine freedom of choice of treatment for these medicines and these therapies.”

Notes for Editors

  1. Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products in the EU – Spotlight on an Industry’ can be downloaded from the ECHAMP website
  2. The report draws on publicly available statistics and data, market studies, social barometers, published and peer-reviewed research, data from other stakeholders and the results of detailed research with ECHAMP members over a period of time.
  3. Homeopathy is used in 100 countries around the world (World Health Organisation Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 2019). Market studies demonstrate the widespread use of homeopathy in the EU, including 77% of French, 62% of Austrians, 56% of Germans and 33% of Spanish, as well as 69% of Belgian households. 70% of users or more are satisfied or very satisfied with the outcome. (ECHAMP 2019)
  4. Homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products are used in primary and clinical care across Europe. They can be prescribed alongside other forms of medicine. Users choose these medicines because of their high safety profile.
  5. ECHAMP has 41 Full Members from 16 different EU Member States and Norway and one extraordinary member from Switzerland, all companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. ECHAMP works to ensure that its members can meet the demand from users and prescribers across the EU for these products.  It advocates for an appropriate regulatory environment in the EU.

 

For all press enquiries please contact Amandine Oset on (00 32) 2 649 9440 or e-mail media@echamp.eu.

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Last updated on 14 Jan 2020