"The new guidelines will make it clear," said World Federation of Chiropractic President Dr. Anthony Metcalfe, "that chiropractic is a distinct and independent profession. They will also make it clear that medical doctors and other health professionals in countries where the practice of chiropractic is not regulated by law, should undergo extensive training to re-qualify as chiropractors before claiming to offer chiropractic services."
In some countries, recent efforts have been made by medical groups to provide short courses of approximately 200 hours in chiropractic technique. The WHO's guidelines will indicate that a medical graduate world require a minimum of 1,800 hours, including 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training.
The WFC, which is in official relations with WHO, has worked with Dr. Xiaorui Zhang, a WHO official, on this project for the past five years. The meeting was led by Dr. Zhang, coordinator of WHO's Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005. WFC representatives at the Milan meeting included Dr. Metcalfe, Dr. Ricardo Fujikawa (council member for Latin America), and Mr. David Chapman-Smith (secretary-general).
Chiropractic representatives from various other organizations and countries included Dr. Jean Moss, president of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Dr. Anfinn Kilvaer, past president of the European Council on Chiropractic Education, and Dr. Peter Dixon, past president of the European Chiropractors' Union.
The new guidelines will appear in English, French and Spanish. For more information, visit the WHO's Web site (www.who.int) or the WFC's Web site (www.wfc.org).