European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association
AYURVEDA, CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE, TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE & WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE
Representing Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Across Europe

EHTPA Statement on Fitness to Practise

Definition

An Herbal or Traditional Medicine practitioner is fit to practise when he or she has the health and character, as well as the necessary skills and knowledge to do their job safely and effectively. He or she must also act legally.

Key Skills and Knowledge required for Practice

  1. Be able to carry out a physical examination of a patient;
  2. Be able to prepare, dispense and verify a herbal or traditional medicine prescription;
  3. Communicate effectively with Patients and other health professionals;
  4. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the EHTPA Core Curriculum including the relevant tradition specific 8th module.

How is Fitness to Practise managed?

The explicit points at which Fitness to Practise is formally assessed are as follows:

  1. Admission to an Accredited Programme;
  2. As a student on an Accredited Programme;
  3. As a student during Clinical Practice;
  4. Registration with a Professional Association;
  5. Registrant self declaration to Professional Association;
  6. Following a formal complaint to a Professional Association.

Admissions to a Programme

Individual institutions should make admissions decisions within the framework described above. Institutions are also advised to take note of the HCPC's Standards of Education and Training. The relevant admissions extract from the HCPC's Standards of Education and Training is below:

"2. Programme admissions
2.1 The admissions procedures must give both the applicant and the education provider the information they require to make an informed choice about whether to take up or make an offer of a place on a programme.
2.2 The admissions procedures must apply selection and entry criteria, including evidence of a good command of reading, writing and spoken English.
2.3 The admissions procedures must apply selection and entry criteria, including criminal convictions checks.
2.4 The admissions procedures must apply selection and entry criteria, including compliance with any health requirements.
2.5 The admissions procedures must apply selection and entry criteria, including appropriate academic and/or professional entry standards.
2.6 The admissions procedures must apply selection and entry criteria, including accreditation of prior (experiential) learning and other inclusion mechanisms.
2.7 The admissions procedures must ensure that the education provider has equality and diversity policies in relation to applicants and students, together with an indication of how these will be implemented and monitored."

As a Student on EHTPA Accredited Programme and on Graduation from that Programme

When a student is on an accredited programme he or she must meet all the requirements of the EHTPA in terms of Education and Training as well as meeting the requirements of Fitness to Practise. It is the responsibility of the student to make a declaration to his or her institution if any of the following occur:

  1. Have you been convicted of a criminal offence, received a police caution or been convicted of a criminal offence for which you received a conditional discharge?
  2. Have you been disciplined by a professional or regulatory body or your employer?
  3. Have you had civil proceedings (other than a divorce/dissolution of marriage) brought against you?
  4. Do you have any condition that would affect your ability to practise?

The Accredited Institution has a responsibility to assess the student for Fitness to Practise as well as ensuring that he or she meets the requirements for Education and Training as set out by the EHTPA. Students should not graduate with an accredited award if he or she is not fit to practise. He or she may still gain another award based on the academic assessments.

Registration with a Professional body

On application to a Professional Association having completed an EHTPA Accredited course an individual must prove he or she have completed the programme satisfactorily, provide a character reference and the following 4 declarations

  1. Have you been convicted of a criminal offence, received a police caution or been convicted of a criminal offence for which you received a conditional discharge?
  2. Have you been disciplined by a professional or regulatory body or your employer?
  3. Have you had civil proceedings (other than a divorce/dissolution of marriage) brought against you?
  4. Do you have any condition that would affect your ability to practise?

Registrant self declaration on fitness to practise

Registrants should also declare at anytime if they no longer meet the requirements of Fitness to Practise.

EHTPA requirements for the Education and Training of Practitioners

The relevant EHTPA documents covering the skills and knowledge required of a practitioner are as follows:

EUROPEAN HERBAL & TRADITIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS ASSOCIATION
December 2010