If you are a qualified homeopath, deciding
which - if any – professional organisation to register with can be difficult.
To help you make this important decision we have put together the following
list of 10 Questions and Answers, which we hope will provide you with
all the information you need to make an informed choice about joining
the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH).
If you are a student of homeopathy, or
an interested member of the public, we hope that these questions and answers
will give you an insight into how ARH works and what it represents.
Please note that the term ‘Members’ in these
questions and answers is used to refer to Registered Members. Visit
Membership or Friends of ARH pages for more information
on these two membership categories.
1. Why do I need to
join a professional organisation?
By joining a professional organisation,
- receive support from your organisation
and its Members, so you are less isolated in your practice
- keep up-to-date with developments in
- demonstrate to the public that you practise
homeopathy responsibly and professionally
- have the opportunity to influence the
future of homeopathy.
2. Why should I choose
- We do not simply tell our Members what
we think is good for them - we ask for their input. We listen to our
Members’ views, and we act on them.
- We do not tell our Members which type
of homeopathy they should practise. We recognise that there are a number
of different prescribing methodologies and we believe that each should
be judged on its own merits.
- We are committed to supporting and encouraging
our Members to grow and develop as practitioners.
- We invite our Members to participate
in shaping the future of our profession. We feel that this is the most
constructive way to ensure the long-term prospects of homeopathy.
- We represent our Members’ best interests
as homeopaths, both nationally and within the European Community.
- We support research and publications
that push back the boundaries of our knowledge and understanding of
- We offer excellent value for money.
3. What benefits do
I get from joining ARH?
As a Member of the Alliance of Registered
Homeopaths, you will:
- be recognised as a Registered Homeopath
- be entitled to use the letters 'MARH'
after your name
- have your practice details shown on the ARH online Register
- be eligible to take out ARH professional
indemnity insurance (download insurance form - pdf)
- be able to keep up-to-date with news
and developments in the field of homeopathy, via our publications and
on our website
- receive our quarterly journal, Homeopathy
- be eligible for reduced prices for ARH
conferences and seminars
- have the support and backing of a dedicated
- have free access to our e-group discussion forums
4. How do I join ARH?
ARH is a UK-based registering organisation.
Any qualified homeopath, whether newly graduated from a college of
homeopathy, or already established in practice in the UK or abroad, is welcome to
apply to register with the ARH
ARH has developed a portfolio-based registration
process for qualified homeopaths, which sets out to:
- explore your readiness to practise
- consider your long-term plans for increasing
your knowledge, skills competence and understanding
- support and resolve any concerns you
may have about practising homeopathy
- meet your individual needs as a practitioner.
Further details, along with our Registration
Pack, can be found on our Registered
5. What does the annual
ARH membership fee cover?
Members’ subscriptions are used to pay
- membership of the European Council for
Classical Homeopathy (ECCH)
- expenses of Directors and members of
- research and development, and dissemination
6. Can I pay my subscription
Yes. Membership fees can be paid in instalments by monthly standing order.
7. Is professional indemnity
Yes. All ARH Members must hold professional
indemnity insurance. They can either take up the insurance offered
part of the ARH subscription package, or they can arrange their own insurance.
Members who organise their own insurance pay just the ARH subscription
fee, and must show us evidence that their own policy is current.
Download ARH insurance details
8. I understand ARH
is a relatively new organisation. How do I know that it will not make
the same mistakes as some other organisations have in the past?
ARH was founded in 2001, and its Constitution and Articles of
Association of ARH are one and the same document. This means the document
is legally binding. In it, we undertake to give all our Members a voice
in determining the future policies of ARH. We are run according to democratic
principles, and commit ourselves to:
- listening to our Members’ needs and
- acting openly and transparently
- deciding policy according to the will
of the majority of our Members
- keeping our Members informed about all
matters relating to their profession.
9. How does ARH see
the future of homeopathy in the UK?
- We want our profession to take its rightful
role in furthering the health of everyone who chooses to use homeopathy.
- We see the homeopathic profession continuing
to move towards unification. As a result, it will be able to lobby more
effectively at government level.
- We think the future of homeopathy is
best secured by involving our Members in the process of moving towards
self-regulation, so that we retain the autonomy of our profession. This
aim can only succeed if we are as inclusive as possible and act with
the consensus of the majority of our Members.
- We want to see a regulatory process
in place that reflects the diversity of homeopathic practice, ensuring
that we can offer our patients the very best, safe and effective healthcare.
- Evidence-based practice will be an invaluable
tool in helping to advance the status of homeopathy in primary healthcare.
We feel it is important that ARH contributes to the evidence base in
We invite you to join us, and to participate
in the process of determining the future of this most amazing system of
If you have any further queries, please email
us or phone us on 01825 714506
ARH and become part of a team promoting
homeopathy - healthy medicine.