Consultation outcome

Consultation on complementary and alternative medicines

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Complementary and alternative medicine: consultation response

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Complementary and alternative medicine: outcome report

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Complementary and alternative medicine: legal framework

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Complementary and alternative medicine: operational guidance (OG) 304

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Detail of outcome

Consultation response and outcome report following the consultation on the use of complementary and alternative medicines.

Feedback received

The use of complementary and alternative medicine - feedback

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Detail of feedback received

We received over 670 responses to this consultation and are grateful to all who took the time to contribute.

This report provides an overview of the responses received.

The Commission’s review of this area continues. Please check this webpage for further developments.

Original consultation

Summary

The Charity Commission is seeking your views on the charitable status of complementary and alternative medicines.

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Consultation description

This consultation is about the Commission’s approach to deciding whether an organisation which uses or promotes CAM therapies is a charity. For an organisation to be charitable, its purposes must be exclusively charitable. Some purposes relate to health and to relieve the needs of the elderly and disabled.

We are seeking views on:

  • the level and nature of evidence to support CAM
  • conflicting and inconsistent evidence
  • alternative therapies and the risk of harm
  • palliative alternative therapy

Documents

Published 13 March 2017
Last updated 11 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the outcome report and consultation response.
  2. Feedback published.
  3. Consultation feedback added.
  4. First published.