Joint ECH-ECPM-ICMART-IVAA position on DG SANCO’s ‘Future Challenges paper: 2009-2014’.

The joint CAM doctors’ associations encourage DG SANCO to follow on with an open and unbiased approach as pointed out in the paper “Future Challenges paper: 2009-2014”. If DG SANCO asks us the question “Where should SANCO be in 10 years time? “ (page 17) we agree that we have “to focus on where we can achieve the greatest benefits for consumers and where we have a unique contribution to make” (page 17-18). That focus should be on health and healing rather than disease and treatment. Integrated medicine views patients as whole people with minds and spirits as well as bodies and include these dimensions into diagnosis and treatment. It also involves patients and doctors working to maintain health by paying attention to lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, quality of rest and sleep, and the nature of relationships. This is fully in line with the EU health strategy.

The joint CAM doctors’ associations would like to emphasize especially the importance of adequate integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine approaches into the Future Challenges of DG SANCO. Such integration would be a logical consequence  in taking the developments  of the “Common market” into account, i.e.  the growing interest, acceptance and use of Complementary Medicine approaches – by patients and consumers in the European member states.

The full document can be downloaded here.