our organigram, goals and meetings
THE BELGIAN SHIATSU FEDERATION WAS FOUNDED IN 1990.
WE ARE A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION, RECOGNISED BY THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS SINCE 2010. OUR ORGANISATION CONNECTS SHIATSU PRACTITIONERS, SCHOOLS, TRAINING CENTERS AND SYMPATHISERS.
We aim to make Shiatsu known to a wide audience and to train practitioners in this art and profession. We strive for full recognition of the profession and protection of the professional title in Belgium.
We hold close ties with the European Shiatsu Federation (ESF). The ESF has branches all across Europe, including Austria, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK and of course Belgium.
The main goal of the ESF is to achieve recognition of Shiatsu as an independent profession at the European level. The main thrust of this strategy is to insist on the right to work for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) professionals in Europe - a fundamental right guaranteed by EU declaration but as yet not available to CAM professionals, as recent legislation in several countries - notably Belgium - has clearly demonstrated.
In order to do this work, the ESF founded EFCAM (European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) as a lobbying tool. It is through EFCAM that the ESF has contact with several organs within the EU and with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from several political persuasions.
EFCAM lobbies actively with the European institutions, is involved in the EU Open Health Forum and has a seat on the EU Health Policy Forum.
We aim to make Shiatsu known to a wide audience and to train practitioners in this art or profession. We strive for full recognition of the profession and protection of the profession title in Belgium.
We hold close ties with the European Shiatsu Federation (ESF). They have branches all over Europe, including the UK, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switserland, Spain, France, The Netherlands and Belgium. The ESF strives for recognition of Shiatsu as an independent profession on the European level, and is therefore related to the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). The EPHA is a lobbying organization of NGOs in the health industry. Within EPHA an important division came to life dealing with CAM disciplines (Complemetary and Altermative Medicine or Methods).
These organizations have united in 'EFCAM' 'European Federation for CAM'. They work together with CAMDOC, which brings together medicinal practitioners that apply natural methods.
AFCAM lobbies actively with the European institutions and is involved in the European Public Health Program, the EU Open Health Forum and has a seat on the EU Health Policy Forum - the highest consolutancy organization of DGSANCO, being the Directory General (EU Ministry) for Health and Consumer protection.
The association aims at uniting Shiatsu practitioners and to promote practical and social exchange between Shiatsu professionals.
It strives to help and motivate its members, stimulate interactions and assist them in protecting their interests, in particular their right to work.
In addition, it seeks to safeguard the highest professional educational and professional standards. It strives to promote research into Shiatsu and make it available to the public.
SECRETARy / chairman WG DEONTOLoGy
CHairman OF THE WG RECOGNITION COMMISSION
CHAIRMAN GROUP EDUCATION & MEMBER DEONTOLOGIC COMMISSION
international contacts & cooperation
Belgian Representative of the European shiatsu federation