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(**) CHIROPRACTIC, despite being recognized as a healthcare profession by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and having healthcare status in most developed countries in the world, including many European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, or Switzerland, and in some of them with recognition as a basic healthcare profession, IS NOT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSION AND HAS NOT BEEN SUBJECT TO EXPRESS REGULATION IN SPAIN. Since healthcare regulations are a matter of domestic law and reserved to the sovereignty of each member country of the EU, the chiropractic profession in Spain is in a situation of regulatory vacuum. The Spanish Chiropractors Association (A.E.Q.) has requested before the courts and the competent ministries in health and education that the parliament promote the legislative process that recognizes the healthcare nature and the substantive nature of the chiropractic profession. In countries with legal regulation, a chiropractic degree is obtained after completing 5 or 6 years of educational programs. Two Spanish institutions, the Real Centro Universitario María Cristina de Madrid (UCR) and the Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC), offer programs (OWN TITLES, NON-OFFICIAL) lasting five years for chiropractic training and practice, pending legal recognition of this profession in Spain. Meanwhile, these titles meet all the quality and excellence standards required by the European Council on Chiropractic Education (E.C.C.E.), and paradoxically, Spanish graduates can work as official healthcare professionals in other countries such as the United States, France, or England, but not in their own country. The A.E.Q. was created and recognized by the Ministry of the Interior in 1986, includes 200 members with a university degree recognized by the European Council on Chiropractic Education, guaranteeing compliance with the highest quality standards in the practice of this profession at the European level. Unfortunately, to date, these titles and diplomas ARE NOT OFFICIAL IN SPAIN. If you are being treated by a chiropractor, verify and ensure that they are a member of the A.E.Q. in the “Partner Search” section of its website: http://www.quiropractica-aeq.com. This way, you will have the guarantee that they meet the quality standards established by the E.C.C.E. The regulation of chiropractic in Spain is a matter of political opportunity, but in the meantime, chiropractic professionals who meet the requirements established by the Statutes of the A.E.Q. are in a situation of legal uncertainty and discrimination compared to other professionals in other European countries, where it may happen that citizens are treated by alleged chiropractors who do not meet the minimum quality standards internationally required.
(***) The websites www.chiropracticibiza.com & www.centroquiropracticoibiza.com provide information about the professional services of Jans Olde Wolbers, the owner of the content of these pages. The contents of these websites are offered for informational and educational purposes. The owner is not responsible for the content or the statements and opinions expressed by third parties on his website. The contents of the website do not constitute nor intend to substitute for professional healthcare advice, since CHIROPRACTIC IS NOT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSION AND HAS NOT BEEN OBJECT TO EXPRESS REGULATION IN SPAIN. Therefore, the owner assumes no responsibility, direct or indirect, that may arise from the use of such information.
(****) Chiropractic is a “healthcare profession that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these on general health. It is based on manual techniques, including joint adjustments and/or manipulations, mainly focusing on subluxations.” Definition of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005.
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