In releases from the Italian Chiropractic Association (Associazione Italiana Chiropratici - AIC) on January 13, 2008 and the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) on January 9, 2008, comes the news that Italy has joined the countries in Europe that officially recognize and license chiropractors.
According to the ICA on December 21, 2007 chiropractic was recognized by the Italian Parliament as a primary health care profession. This concluded a long battle for this status by the chiropractors and their patients in Italy. The first law proposal for professional recognition in Italy was made 17 years ago.
According to the official AIC news release: "The amendment (which got chiropractors licensure) was presented by Senator Luigi Lusi from the Margherita party of the majority, who almost single-handedly guided it out of the Senate's Budget Committee and assured its acceptance by the Senate itself." This victory came in the face of what the AIC called, "...extensive lobbying attack on the part of the Italian Medical Association, who was trying to monopolize non-conventional medicine through their own legislation."
"The entire world of chiropractic salutes the Associazione Italiana Chiropratici on this historic milestone for chiropractic," said ICA President Dr. John Maltby. "We at the ICA deeply respect and appreciate the efforts of all involved and offer our most sincere congratulations." He continued by saying, "Our colleagues in Italy can now move forward to build chiropractic to even greater levels in that historic nation with official recognition having been secured. Their efforts have added significantly to making chiropractic a truly global profession."