July 30, 2013
French Decree Chiropractic Training
On September 20, 2011 the Prime Minister of France initiated a decree that reduced the required chiropractic hours of training by approximately one-third, established shorter fast-track programs in “chiropractic” for M.D.’s, Physiotherapists, and Midwives, and allowed for the opening of new chiropractic educational programs based on these watered-down standards. With this decree in place, the future of chiropractic in France as a separate and distinct profession was in serious jeopardy.
It is with great pleasure I can announce that after a substantial judicial battle, this decree has been cancelled by the Council of State on July 17th, 2013 and ratified on July 26th. Please join me in congratulating IFCO member Catherine Bouchet, D.C. (France) who led this fight along with laypersons Jacky Pinpernet, Jany Pourceaux and attorney Maitre Isabelle Bony. The French government was fined and ordered to pay 4000€ payable to the French National Patient Association for the Defense of Chiropractic.
The IFCO is deeply pleased with this victory and would like to extend a special thanks to our representative in France, Catherine Bouchet, D.C. for her dedication to chiropractic and her membership and service to the IFCO. Without members like YOU and Dr. Bouchet there would be no IFCO and for this you have my sincere thanks.
Shane Walker, DC