The Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA) is Ireland’s longest established independent professional association representing Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners since 1987.
The AFPA was founded in 1987 with the assistance of the then British Acupuncture Association now the British Acupuncture Council [BAcC].
In the initial years the association adopted codes of ethics and practice, insurance for practitioners and made formal representations between 1987 and 1999 to the Department of Health and Children [DOHC] in regard to statutory regulation for acupuncturists.
The AFPA was the first association to be approved for Health Insurance recognition - with VHI initially, and BUPA following suit. The AFPA has always applied the highest standards nationally and is committed to providing the best and safest practice of acupuncture to the public.
On a European level, AFPA has formally joined the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association [ETCMA], which is an umbrella organisation for professional associations that represent different fields within Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
The AFPA is committed to the Department of Health and Children’s Report on Complementary Therapies 2005 – 2006 [PDF] and is part of the Steering Group of Acupuncture Associations that was formed as a direct result of the Department's involvement in this area.