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Complementary and alternative medicine provider

A complementary and alternative medicine provider is a person who implements complementary and alternative medicine. They are adults with acquired minimum high school health care education or minimum high school professional education as well as they passed the test in health care contents and have a valid licence.

Homoeopathy, chiropractics and osteopathy can only be performed by persons with a medical degree, acquired knowledge in homoeopathy, chiropractics or osteopathy and a valid licence. The professional title complementary and alternative medicine provider can only be used by the person who fulfils all the conditions mentioned below.

The title is written after the personal name. A complementary and alternative medicine provider can add the title that is determined by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Chamber based on the implementation of the dominating complementary and alternative medicine system or method.

A complementary and alternative medicine provider must implement this activity in accordance with the occupational ethics code of complementary and alternative medicine providers and standards.

Standards of complementary and alternative medicine activity are the rules of the implementation of complementary and alternative medicine activity that determine professional approaches for implementing an individual complementary and alternative medicine system and method.

A complementary and alternative medicine provider is obliged to perform the activity with due diligence and may not worsen the health of the service user with their actions or failure to act. A complementary and alternative medicine provider is professionally responsible for the conduct of other persons who work under their supervision.

Conditions

  • The licence is a public document that proves professional qualification of a complementary and alternative medicine provider for independent implementation of individual complementary and alternative medicine systems and methods and is granted by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Chamber for a period of 7 years.

    The application for the acquisition of the licence is sent in written form to the relevant authority and must contain the following documents:

    • data on the secondary school and diploma certificate (number, document number, name and address of the issuer) or data on the secondary school certificate and suitable public document on performed tests in health-related contents;
    • the opinion of the professional complementary and alternative medicine association for a certain complementary and alternative medicine system or method on the qualification of the complementary and alternative medicine provider for the implementation of the complementary and alternative medicine system and method that is based on documents from distinguished institutions on appropriate professional education of the complementary and alternative medicine provider for a certain complementary and alternative medicine system or method and their experience;
    • data on the secondary school certificate or the confirmation of the authorised education institution on the passed language knowledge test;
    • statement that the person has not been convicted of a premeditated criminal offence to a sentence longer than six months or that the security measure of banning the practising of a profession has not been imposed on the person.

    After granting the licence ex officio, the Chamber enters the complementary and alternative medicine provider in the register. The register shall include the following data:

    • personal name;
    • place and date of birth;
    • permanent or temporary residence address;
    • citizenship;
    • education, professional or scientific title;
    • licence data (date, duration and area of expertise);
    • data on complementary and alternative medicine systems and methods implemented;
    • acquired additional knowledge;,
    • employment;
    • place or address where complementary and alternative medicine is performed;
    • imposed measures due to violation of the code of professional conduct of complementary and alternative medicine providers.

    Every person has the right to acquire data on whether a complementary and alternative medicine provider has a licence, data on which complementary and alternative medicine systems and methods are implemented and the address where complementary and alternative medicine is performed.

    The licence is issued after the decision on the granting of licence becomes final. The Chamber can temporarily or permanently withdraw the licence from the complementary and alternative medicine provider. The licence can be permanently withdrawn in the following cases:

    • gross professional misconduct at work, when the complementary and alternative medicine provider acted or failed to act causing permanent or severe consequences for the health or even death of the service user;
    • if the complementary and alternative medicine provider is convicted for premeditated criminal offence prosecuted ex officio, i.e. in connection to the performance of complementary and alternative medicine;
    • if the complementary and alternative medicine provider has not acquired the evidence on fulfilling the conditions for the acquisition or renewal of the licence in a legal way or provided false data for the acquisition or renewal of the licence;
    • if it is established that the complementary and alternative medicine provider repeated the violations and did not refer the service user to medical treatment or dissuaded them from such treatment.

    The licence is withdrawn for a certain time period in the next cases:

    • if it is established that with their work the complementary and alternative medicine provider endangers the health or life of the service user;
    • if a safety measure prohibiting the complementary and alternative medicine provider was imposed;
    • if the complementary and alternative medicine provider was convicted for premeditated criminal offence prosecuted ex officio, i.e. to six months of imprisonment or stricter punishment.

    Temporary withdrawal of the licence takes place as long as there are reasons due to which the licence of the complementary and alternative medicine provider was withdrawn or for the time determined in the decision. Temporary withdrawal of the licence can be valid for up to a maximum period of five years. When there is no reason or when the time for temporary withdrawal expires, the complementary and alternative medicine provider can request for the granting of licence.

    Details

  • A complementary and alternative medicine practitioner must be insured against damage which may be incurred by a client during, or because of, the implementation of complementary and alternative medicine.

    An employed complementary and alternative medicine practitioner is insured by the employer.

    The minimum insurance sum for insurance as per individual methods of complementary and alternative medicine is annually determined by the chamber of complementary and alternative medicine or the Ministry of Health until the establishment of the chamber.

    Legal basis

    Evidence of liability insurance of a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner

Recognition of qualifications acquired abroad

There are following systems for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the EU:

Cross-border provisions of profession

Performance of the profession in Slovenia is possible on cross-border/temporary basis. Prior to commencing the service, you must submit a written application to the competent authority.
Last modified:
8. 9. 2021