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Legal Status of Chiropractic by Country

Updated July 2011

Note: Listed according to the 7 world regions adopted by the World Federation of Chiropractic. In most other countries there are no chiropractors in practice, and national health authorities have not considered recognition or lack of recognition.

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Legend:
a Legal pursuant to legislation to accept and regulate chiropractic practice
b Legal pursuant to general law.
c Legal status unclear, but de facto recognition.
d Legal status unclear and risk of prosecution

African Region

Botswanaa
Ethiopiab
Ghanab
Kenyab
Lesothoa
Mauritiusb
Namibiaa
Nigeriaa
South Africaa
Swazilanda
Ugandac
Zimbabwea

Asian Region

Chinac
Hong Kong – SAR Chinaa
Indiac
Indonesiac
Japanb
Malaysiab
Philippinesa
Singaporeb
South Koread
Taiwand
Thailanda
Vietnamc

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Bahraina
Cyprusa
Egyptb
Irana
Israela
Jordanb
Lebanonb
Libyab
Moroccoc
Qatara
Saudi Arabiaa
Syriac
Turkeya
United Arab Emiratesa

European Region

Austriac
Belgiuma
Croatiab
Denmarka
Estoniab
Finlanda
Francea
Germanyb
Greecec
Hungaryc
Icelanda
Irelandb
Italya
Liechtensteina
Luxembourgb
Maltaa
Netherlandsb
Norwaya
Portugala
Russian Federationb
Serbiaa
Slovakiab
Spainc
Swedena
Switzerlanda
United Kingdoma


Latin American Region

Argentinab
Boliviaa
Brazilb
Chileb
Colombiab
Costa Ricaa
Ecuador b
Guatemalaa
Honduras b
Mexicoa
Panamaa
Perub
Venezuelab

North American Region

Bahamasa
Barbadosa
Belizeb
Bermuda b
British Virgin Islandsb
Canadaa
Cayman Islands a
Jamaicab
Leeward Islandsa
Puerto Ricoa
Trinidad & Tobago b
Turks & Caicosa
United Statesa
US Virgin Islands b

Pacific Region

Australiaa
Fijib
Guama
New Caledoniaa
New Zealanda
Papua New Guineab
Tahitia

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