According to the ‘Törvény az egészségügyről’ or ‘Health Law’ (Act CLIV of 1997) section 104, the practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is ‘aimed at favorably influencing the state of health, preventing illness or making it possible to build defenses against factors endangering or damaging the health. Non-conventional procedures are based on methods that differ in their outlook toward health and illness, and apply a different approach than conventional procedures founded on the natural sciences, and, as set forth under separate statute, are procedures that are complementary to, or in predefined cases, substitute for conventional therapeutic methods. Non-conventional procedures that substitute for conventional therapy shall only be applied under the supervision of a physician’.
The legal status and regulation of CAM is defined by the 40/1197 (III.5) Governmental decree on CAM and the 11/1997 (V. 28) decree of the Ministry of Social Welfare on the practice of CAM.
Only medical doctors are allowed to practise homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Tibetan medicine, ayurvedic medicine and manual medicine.
Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, which includes homeopathic medicinal products, was implemented by 2005. évi XCV. törvény (Act XCV of 2005) on medicinal products for human use and on the amendment of other laws regulating pharmaceuticals in conjunction with Decree 52/2005 on the registration and authorisation to place medicinal products for human use on the market.