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Consultation on complementary and alternative medicines

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The use of complementary and alternative medicine - feedback

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

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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


Published 13 March 2017
Last updated 4 December 2017 + show all updates
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