In France

In France, only are allowed to practice in health care:

     Doctors who practice any medical procedure

     Medical professions (Dentists and Midwives) and medical support staff (physiotherapists, nurses) who perform medical procedures defined by the Code of Health.

 

Apart from these cases, there is the illegal practice of medicine. According to the Council of the College of Physicians, Acupuncturists not all doctors are in this illegal practice.

To date, the practice of the profession of doctor is linked to its definition in the Code of Public Health and in particular the respect of Article L-416-1.

The exercise of the profession of doctor is:

     prescribe medical examinations,

     medical diagnosis,

     prescribe drugs

 

out:

     The Acupuncturists nonmedical use no resources reported above, fit conventional medicine and the practice of the profession of doctor.

     Their approach does not replace conventional medical procedures or supplant the activity of the Doctor in his prerogatives

     In the absence of a de facto existence = a legal definition, Acupuncture, its practice and its practitioners, can not be the property of Physicians

 

Furthermore, the French law on the illegality is related to the creation of the Councils of the different professions and their monopolies in 1946 is after the advent of Acupuncture in France (1925), it is understandable that a legal problem exists with regard to the exercise of Acupuncture; what would be the least is that it persists.

Despite all that, for decades, some (s) Practitioner (ne) s Acupuncturists have been prosecuted for "illegal practice of medicine" by the Council of the College of Physicians.

He now has a legal vacuum because the Acupuncture is a discipline whose name, and therefore, the legal rules of practice, not appear in any official text.

The Acupuncturists not doctors are not recognized in France by law, as well as other medicines called "complementary" (excluding osteopathy).

We no longer accept being treated while no illegal Act governs Acupuncture, his teaching and exercise. We chose the term "non-legal" because of this legal vacuum.