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The regulation of acupuncture in France and the UK: Shifts and fragmentation in contrasting healthcare systems

Cloatre, Emilie, Salvini Ramas, Francesco (2020) The regulation of acupuncture in France and the UK: Shifts and fragmentation in contrasting healthcare systems. Medical Law International, . ISSN 0968-5332. E-ISSN 2047-9441. (doi:10.1177/0968533220903373) (KAR id:80585)

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This article explores the regulation of acupuncture in the UK and France. It focuses on the dilemmas such regulation has raised, and the effects of two contrasting approaches to the regulatory organisation of acupuncture within healthcare systems on practices and care. Although the question of how acupuncture, like other complementary, alternative or traditional therapies, should be regulated has often been reduced to a question of scientific knowledge, it is also dependent on the intricacies of national health system governance, state rationales and professional identities. France and the UK provide exemplary instances of contrasting systems, in which each of these factors has come to shape the regulation of the highly heterodox practice that is acupuncture. Overall, exploring the challenges of regulating acupuncture provides useful perspectives on how the make-up of legitimate therapies is constituted in particular healthcare contexts.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0968533220903373
Uncontrolled keywords: acupuncture; public health; regulation; standardisation; complementary and alternative medicines
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Emilie Cloatre
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 10:19 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:12 UTC
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