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

Quality Control, Diplomas and CME for Anthroposophic Doctors

Diplomas for Anthroposophic Doctors (July 2012)

AM Teaching at universities/medical schools and training in Europe

In Europa Diplomas for anthroposophic doctors are issued after satisfactory fulfillment of the required criteria for training and qualification in AM. In all member states with full curricula training institutions (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Holland, Spain and Switzerland) the curricula are established under the auspices and supervision of the national association of anthroposophic doctors. In most EU member states, diplomas for anthroposophic doctors are issued by the national associations of anthroposophic doctors. 
Only in Austria and Switzerland such diplomas are both, issued and authorized by the national medical associations/chambers/councils. In Germany, Italy and Switzerland the diplomas are authorized by the national medical associations/chambers/councils, but issued by the national association of anthroposophic doctors. 
In countries without national training facilities, doctors can apply for international certification which is issued by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach. The criteria for this international certification have been worked out and agreed by the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations. Doctors can also apply for the international diploma in member states where national training facilities exist. However, this is possible is valid only with the authorization of the national association of anthroposophic doctors in this particular member state. 
Continous Medical Education

Continuous Medical Education (CME) in general (conventional) medicine is obligatory for all medical doctors in Belgium, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia (controlled by the government) and in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (controlled by the national medical associations/chambers/councils). 
In addition to this general requirement, the national associations of anthroposophic doctors in Germany, Holland, Hungary, Romania and Switzerland require their members to complete significant numbers of hours of CME in AM. 
Further education courses in AM for doctors (postgraduate courses) are recognized as part of the CME in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, and in Norway and Switzerland. 
In 2009 AM was an official part of the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) for doctors in Germany and Romania.


Regular AM teaching at universities is established in Brazil, Peru, The Philippines and in the United States. As the Figure shows, private courses are provided in many countries. Anthroposophic education acknowledged for continuous medical education (CME) in Australia, Chile, Israel and New Zealand. The International Postgraduate Medical Training program of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum (IPMT) has contributed significantly to the quality of medical training of anthroposophic doctors in many parts of the world. For details see

AM Teaching at universities/medical schools and training outside Europe

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