Anthroposophic medicine and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health problem - Studies show the significant potential from anthroposophic and other integrative medicine approaches to safely reduce antimicrobial use. Find  IVAAs statement  here.

Have as well a look at the presentation prepared for the CAM Interest Group, European Parliament, Bruxelles 1April 2014 

In November 2015, on occasion of the "Antibiotics Awareness Day", the IVAA together with EUROCAM published the position paper

 The role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in reducing the problem of antimicrobial resistance

National Laws and Recognition of Anthroposophic Medicine

Recognition of anthroposophic medicine as medical system (July 2012)


Recognition of anthroposophic medicine is subject to extreme variations between EU Member states. The level of recognition extends from statutory integration as specific therapeutic system within national law (Germany and Switzerland) to special exemption where anthroposophic medicine is only allowed to be practised within the context of a particular clinic (Vidarkliniken, Sweden). With the exception of Germany, where anthroposophic medicine is defined as “special therapeutic system” [Besondere Therapierichtung] in the Code of Social Law (Sozialgesetzbuch 5), and Switzerland, where anthroposophic medicine is defined as part of CAM under constitutional law, legal recognition is restricted to pharmaceutical regulations in some of the member states (see below).

National laws regulating anthroposophic medicine as a distinct therapeutic system

Only in Germany anthroposophic medicine is recognised as a distinct therapeutic system under statutory regulations. In Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the UK, anthroposophic medicinal products (AMP) are mentioned to varying degrees in national pharmaceutical laws in particular in connection with simplified registration procedures for homeopathic medicinal products. In Sweden the anthroposophic clinic (Vidarkliniken) has a permit from the Minister of Social Affairs, but doctors are only allowed to practise anthroposophic medicine if they do so at, or in connection with the Vidarkliniken.

Regulation of the profession of anthroposophic doctors by the medical association/council/chamber
As mentioned above, in some countries where the government delegates the tasks of authorisation, registration and supervision of practitioners to national medical associations, statutory regulation of anthroposophic doctors requires an ‘additional qualification’ issued by the medical association/council/chamber (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia and Switzerland). In Italy anthroposophic medicine is recognised through statutory regulation by he local medical associations/chambers/councils in Bologna, Terni and Palermo.

For further information please contact the respective associations:


National regulation of anthroposophic medicine in Europe


Anthroposophic medicine as specific medical system is recognized by law only on The Philippines. However, some Medical Councils (Argentina, Israel), Competent Authorities (Brazil, Chile, Georgia Israel) and others (communities, assurance companies and organizations) recognize AM as medical system on some levels (Australia, Brazil, Peru, The Philippines). 
In Argentina, Georgia, Israel and The Philippines a special qualification for AM (“Title) is provided where the system of AM is acknowledged.

National regulation of anthroposophic medicine worldwide

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