CHINESE MEDICINE STANDARDS IN EUROPE
ΕTCMA (European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association), the largest Association of Local Associations of Europe requires that all graduates across Europe have the same MINIMUM STANDARD OF TRAINING, that the schools are accredited by by the local Accreditation Boards (in the making in Greece). Failing this, the local association is not allowed to join in membership and the students cannot become full members of the association.
READ HERE THE ETCMA EDUCATION CRITERIA www.etcma.org/files/minimum-educational-criteria-for-membership-of-the-etcma-2013.pdf
HOW TO CHOOSE A SCHOOL IN GREECE (according to ETCMA CRITERIA?)
Choosing to become a practitioner of Chinese medicine, be it acupuncture, Chinese herbs and a combination of these two disciplines with Chinese mediated nutrition will make you responsible for many people's health.
Being aware of how to choose a school properly and according to European rules, ensures your standards and effectiveness in the clinic. When investigating a school make sure that:
1. the school declares their syllabus publicly and then compare it with the syllabus in the above linked document
2. the school's teachers are all graduates from abroad (at the moment Greece graduation is not validated by the local Association or by ETCMA)
3. the school has 400hrs clinical practice (where you treat people under supervision. Watching someone else practicing does not count as clinical training)
4. the school requires that you take exams every semester, at the end of each year and submit to frequent assessments during the year.
5. the school' s program is made up only of Chinese Medicine subjects (according to the document linked above).
6. the school follows the minimum hours program outlined below:
MINIMUM HOURS PER YEAR ACCORDING TO ETCMA
1. In total, the training hours can be no less than 3600 hours/3 years, that is, 1200 hours per year.
2. The ratio between attendance hours and workload hours is suggested to be 1:2.
3. The suggested ratio between CM - Western Medicine - Practice is 4:2:3.
Example of a 3-year curriculum