WHO Benchmarks for Training in Anthroposophic Medicine

On March 28, 2023, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued benchmarks for training in Anthroposophic Medicine. These benchmarks represent international training standards for anthroposophic health professionals, ensuring patient protection, safety, quality assurance, and effectiveness of Anthroposophic Medicine, on a global scale. The document provides information on:

  • Background: an overview of the development and fundamental concepts of Anthroposophic Medicine
  • Training in Anthroposophic Medicine: the learning outcomes required for each component of each AM discipline
  • Safety issues: the general precautions and contraindications related to the use of anthroposophic medicinal products (AMP) and the anthroposophic therapeutic practice

This document will benefit policy-makers, health workers, education providers, and the public in general by providing the minimum training requirements for health workers to practice any of the Anthroposophic Medicine disciplines across the world.

IVAA encourages the development of official national training standards, based on those set in these WHO benchmarks for training in Anthroposophic Medicine.

Anthroposophic Medicine has much to contribute to the healthcare systems, such as reducing antimicrobial resistance, further improving the care for COVID-19 and long-COVID, cancer, and other non-communicable diseases, as well as to contribute to the promotion of citizens’ health, including mental health. 

WHO Benchmarks for Training in Anthroposophic Medicine

World Health Organization. (‎2023)‎. WHO benchmarks for training in anthroposophic medicine. World Health Organization. 

The benchmarks are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai.

Visit the World Health Organization website to access the benchmarks.