Validation of Herbal Medicine Courses

Introduction

Validating Herbal Medicine Courses

For the past two decades, the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) has provided an accreditation process for degree (Level 6) courses offering training in herbal medicine that have been validated by universities. With the number of universities able to provide validation of herbal training now fewer than previously, the EHTPA is now accrediting smaller teaching institutions whose courses have not been previously validated.

Validation and accreditation: what is the difference?

Validation confirms that the course's:

  • academic level has been set appropriately for Level 6
  • curriculum and structure meet the specified academic standard
  • educational and intellectual demands are appropriate for a Level 6 award
  • quality processes are in place to maintain academic standards
  • standards and quality of assessment, learning and teaching are commensurate with Level 6
  • learning resources are of appropriate standard and quality.

EHTPA Accreditation confirms that the course:

  • Meets all the requirements of the EHTPA Core Curriculum, including the relevant tradition-specific curricula in Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, Tibetan herbal medicine or Western herbal medicine.
  • Provides an overarching curriculum strategy for the course as a whole. This includes evidence that:
    • all subjects are assessed at an appropriate level
    • on successful completion of the course graduates will be fit to practise
    • there is both formative and summative assessment of theory and clinical practice at key stages throughout the course
    • for appropriate traditions, at least one summative clinical assessment towards the end of the programme which incorporates the application of theory to practice.