A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Background
Open this folder and view contents3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
Close this folder4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the document4.1 Dissemination of the proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
View the document4.2 Further standardization of nomenclature
View the document4.3 Regulation by health authorities
View the document4.4 Basic training
View the document4.5 Safety
View the document4.6 Indications and contraindications
View the document4.7 Acupuncture equipment
View the document4.8 Education of the public
View the document4.9 Clinical and basic research
View the documentAcknowledgements
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4.3 Regulation by health authorities

As with other forms of medical practice, national authorities should bring acupuncture within the ambit of their health legislation and control mechanisms. Legislative and other measures will naturally differ between countries depending on whether acupuncture is used by recognized practitioners of traditional forms of medicine, or whether it is a relatively recent introduction. However, regulations should in all cases cover training, guidelines on practice, and the registration of acupuncturists.

It would be useful for WHO to make a survey of existing government regulations and then prepare guidelines on the subject for the use of national authorities.

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