FICTA continues to proactively build on progress made to date in support of the Government response to COVID-19 by:

  • Working quietly and responsibly in the background to develop a roadmap for an expeditious return to work of those therapists who are compliant with their therapies professional standards.
  •  Providing topical “FICTA Articles” to members for information, education and publication within their associations.

FICTA Articles” have been well received and there have been requests for permission to reprint, including from some international groups.

In responding to correspondence, the COVID-19 Response Team of the Department of Health stated inter alia:

On behalf of the Minister, I am very grateful for your correspondence……… You appear to be preparing well to re-open your clinics safely taking into consideration all the public health advice and information from HPSC website:”https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/

In light of such positive commentary, the FICTA General Committee has agreed to suspend its current work programme and will now focus exclusively on continuing to interface with Government Departments and State Agencies who have a regulatory remit relevant to our areas of interest.

FICTA will continue to act in support of Government policy with integrity and credibility and urges all member associations to do likewise.

Posted: May 15. 2020


Established in 1999, FICTA (Federation of Irish Complementary Therapy Associations) champions the common interests of complementary therapists and alternative medicine practitioners. Subject to its Constitution, the Federation provides a neutral platform in which its members meet to discuss issues of common interest or concern to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) sector in Ireland.

FICTA’s purpose is:

  • to represent its members at national and European levels, especially in the political decision making processes, and in co-operation with relevant stakeholder organisations;
  • to function as a think tank for developing education programmes and suitable quality assurance processes and assessment systems;
  • to function as a communication platform for sharing and disseminating information among its membership, and relevant stakeholders.

Its mission is to contribute significantly to the maintenance of ‘best practice’ standards; enhancement of the quality of complementary therapy education and training programmes at all levels; and to act as the driving force for the inclusion of complementary therapies and alternative/traditional medicines (CAM) in healthcare service provision in Ireland.

In fulfilment of its mission, FICTA respects the autonomy and independence of CAM practitioner registration bodies to:

  • ensure the full exercise of their responsibility for maintaining acceptable qualification levels, best practice standards and for the regulation of their members.
  • uphold the ‘fit for purpose’ principle that applies to the diversity of CAM therapies represented by FICTA and notably, the provision of accurate and comprehensive information for the public relating to the benefits, scope and limitations of the complementary therapy practiced by their members.
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