March 13, 2009 — There is increasing worldwide mobility of doctors of chiropractic (DCs), many of whom now practice in more than one country during their careers. This gives rise to a number of regulatory issues of importance to the protection of the public and the standards and reputation of the profession.
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) have recently formed a Joint Committee to address these issues. The Committee’s Co-Chairs are Dr. Stathis Papadopoulos of Cyprus, WFC President, and Dr. Daniel St. Germain of Canada FCLB Vice-President.
One goal of the WFC and the FCLB in establishing the Joint Committee is to work together to promote wider participation of regulatory boards worldwide in the development and use of the Chiropractic Information Network-Board Action Databank (CIN-BAD). This password-protected internet database, developed by the FCLB since 1993, features comprehensive information on DCs, including license status and any disciplinary sanctions and/or removal of the right to practice. It allows cost-effective posting and utilization of data from regulatory boards throughout the world.
Other goals of the Joint Committee include the promotion of legislation that provides an appropriate regulatory framework for the registration or licensure of DCs and the protection of the public in those countries where the profession is becoming established but there is still no regulation by law. One growing problem that such legislation addresses is use of the title chiropractor by those without adequate education and recognized qualification.
On behalf of the WFC and FCLB the Joint Committee will be holding a consultation meeting with representatives from regulatory boards from a number of countries in Montreal on Wednesday April 29 immediately prior to WFC’s 10th Biennial Congress April 30 – May 2, 2009. Those interested in attending the April 29 meeting should contact Sarah Yabut at the WFC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (416) 484-9978.
Source: World Federation of Chiropractic, www.wfc.org