UK may force charities to prove complementary therapies work

2019-03-04 03:08:03

THE UK government is considering measures that will ensure charities offering complementary medicine provide stronger evidence their therapies are of public benefit. The Charity Commission for England and Wales was forced to reassess their regulations after campaign group Good Thinking Society called on them to revoke the charitable status of organisations that promoted “disproven treatments”, including homeopathic remedies and those that discouraged vaccination. New regulations may require charities to present evidence in recognised medical journals such as The Lancet or The BMJ. Tracey Brown, director of campaign group Sense about Science, welcomes more stringent regulations. “One reason quackery succeeds is because it wears so much of the garb of medicine and of legitimate medical charities,