ICMART Accreditation – Schools & Diplomas 



Only those institutions that are formally associated with members of the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART) may qualify for accreditation of their teaching program.
Acupuncture teaching programs eligible for accreditation may be provided by the following institutions:
  • Associations, Societies or Colleges providing education and training for acupuncture physicians.
  • National Medical Associations
  • Universities
The training program must comply with the requirements as stated in the Medical Acupuncture Education Standards and the Core Training Framework. The IAC will collect the documented evidence and forward it to the next meeting of the IAC. When the IAC ascertains that all requirements are fulfilled it will in due course grant accreditation. Accreditation will be granted twice each calendar year. The IAC will issue a Certificate of Accreditation for the teaching program and examination of the institution making the application. The accreditation will remain valid for a period of 4 (four) years and will be renewable at the end of that time, subject to re-accreditation
The accreditation fee for the institution will be €400 and it will cover the 4-year accreditation period.
The institution will provide to IAC at the end of the academic year;
  • A list of names for the eligible students
  • The student’s medical association and membership number.
The IAC will prepare the diplomas that will be duly signed and sealed by the President and General Secretary of ICMART. The diploma accreditation fee of €100 will be paid by the student. Past graduates of an ICMART accredited institution will also be eligible for accreditation provided the current training program was legally in force at the time of their graduation.
Institutions and associations whose teaching program qualifies for accreditation:
  • Must pay their annual ICMART membership fee during the period of accreditation
  • Non-payment of the annual membership fee during the period of accreditation will lead to withdrawal of the accreditation.
  • Fees should be paid by bank transfer. Any bank charges should be paid by the institution. 
Institutions that apply for accreditation of their teaching program must submit to the ICMART Accreditation Committee (IAC):
A completed application form with attached copy of the training program in English and  detailed curriculum vitae (CV) of the Director of Studies or Educational Supervisor



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    Director of the Scientific and/or Training Committee

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    Common Training Framework

    Article 1: Definition and Scope of Medical Acupuncture
    Medical Acupuncture (MA) specifically refers to the use of acupuncture by fully trained and licensed physicians.
    MA can be integrated into and complement many medical specialties and disciplines. In particular pain medicine, physical medicine, orthopaedics, sports medicine, anaesthesiology, rehabilitation medicine, oncology & palliative care, neurology, psychiatry, paediatrics, dermatology, allergology and internal medicine.
    Article 2: ICMART Accreditation Committee (IAC) for Medical Acupuncture
    The IAC serves in the interest of the various national professional and scientific acupuncture societies worldwide.
    The IAC encourages the application of modern principles of educational sciences as a general recommendation to all in charge of acupuncture training at any level,
    Article 3: General Aspects of Training
    1)    In order to train the most suitable individuals in medical acupuncture, selection principles should be set up on a national basis. The selection procedure must be transparent and application must be open to all persons who have completed basic medical training.
    2)    The training and teaching techniques for the training programs should be in line with the recommendations of modern educational science.
    3)    During the training period a continuous evaluation of knowledge, abilities and skills should be undertaken and the IAC recommends that an exit examination be taken after completion of the training period.
    Article 4: Organisation of training
    The Core Topics
    1)    Education program
    2)    Theory lectures
    3)    Practical demonstrations
    4)    Practical sessions
    5)    Supervising staff
    6)    Educational support
    7)    Clinical and educational facilities
    8)    Academic support
    Schedule of training
    The minimum duration of MA training is 12 months and 200 Teaching Unit.
    Curriculum of training
    1)    Fundamental scientific principles of acupuncture, 20TU
    2)    Acupuncture points, practical treatments, indications and safety aspects I, 20TU
    3)    Acupuncture points, practical treatments, indications and safety aspects II, 20TU
    4)    Acupuncture points, practical treatments, indications and safety aspects III, 20TU
    5)    Microsystems, electroacupuncture, 20TU
    6)    Practical acupuncture therapeutics, 60TU
    7)    Case studies, 40TU                                                                                                                   
    1)    The program should include:
    a)    Case presentations
    b)    Lectures and small group teaching including practical exercises
    c)     Clinical skills demonstrations and teaching
    d)    Critical appraisal of evidence
    2)    The program may include:
    a)    Research or audit projects
    b)    National or international acupuncture meetings
    Assessment and evaluation
    Training institutions should provide a system of appraisal at the end of the program.
    Article 5: Requirements for the Director of Training and Educational Supervisors
    1)    Every training institution should have a director of training or a member of the training committee:
    a)   Who has at least 5 years practice and/or teaching experience in Medical Acupuncture
    b)   Who has a sound practical knowledge of the field of acupuncture
    c)    Who is recognised by a national acupuncture association
    2)    The medical staff acting as educational supervisors should be actively practising and/or teaching Medical Acupuncture.
    3)    The director of training and the educational supervisors should participate in regular updating in educational and team leader skills.