Professional Body Membership

Upon graduating, all RAH students both in Japan and the UK become eligible to take the JPHMA (Japanese Homoeopathic Medical Association) examination. The JPHMA is a member of the International Council for Homeopathy (ICH), so graduates may also practice as ICH members. In addition, the JPHMA is the only professional body in Japan that offers insurance coverage to practicing homoeopaths while also supporting their professional practice. We ordinarily recommend that RAHUK students become student members of the HMA or ARH before graduating in order to receive the insurance coverage necessary in order to see patients. RAHUK full time course students are covered by insurance while participating in the student clinic held within the school. However this coverage does not apply when students see patients in the UK outside of school property and it will be necessary for students to become HMA or ARH members. In the event that students see patients not in the UK but Japan, then it is advisable to join the JPHMA as student members in order to receive the appropriate insurance (liability insurance) coverage. It is also recommended that those who are already practicing as homeopaths in Japan join the JPHMA.

Students studying at RAHUK have the following options:

1. JPHMA student membership £40 (including liability insurance) From year 1
2. HMA student membership £45 (no liability insurance) From year 1
  £80 (including liability insurance) From the second half of year 1
3. ARH student membership £20 (no liability insurance) From year 1
  £40 (no liability insurance) From year 1
  £105 (including liability insurance) From year 2

* It is recommended that students join the JPHMA but those wishing to see patients in the UK are required to become HMA or ARH members in order to receive the necessary insurance coverage. It is of course possible to belong to both the JPHMA and HMA or ARH simultaneously.

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Upon graduating, students will become eligible to sit the JPHMA, HMA and ARH examinations (a Japanese/English interpreter will be provided if necessary).

  5 cases (5 different patients) submitted to the JPHMA.
* Cases will be accepted before graduation.
* Cases must be relatively complex and consist of at least 3 consultations (with follow-up taking place after 1 month) with a marked improvement in symptoms.
   
  Submitted cases assessed by the JPHMA (first examination).
* Candidates will be notified of their results and those successful will be given information regarding the second examination.
   
  Candidates must apply to the JPHMA for the second examination and pay the examination fee.
* The second examination takes place in May and October of each year.
   
  A JPHMA examiner will conduct the second (oral) examination.
* The applicant must first present his or her first examination results and portfolio (RAH record) to the examiner.
* The second examination is conducted by 2 impartial examiners who decide the final result.
* The candidate will be notified of the final result.
   
  If successful, the candidate will certified as a homeopath by the JPHMA and receive a certification number. The successful applicant will also be covered by the JPHMA’s liability insurance.
* The JPHMA joined the ICH (International Council or Homeopathy) in July 2006.
   
  JPHMA certified homeopaths may also take the UK Homeopathic Medical Association (HMA) examination or the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) via a Japanese/English interpreter.
* The examination fee is ¥20,000 for the HMA and ¥30,000 for the ARH (as of 2008)
* Those wishing to take the ARH examination are required to submit an English version of one of the 5 cases previously submitted to the JPHMA (the Japanese to English translation of this case can be provided by the JPHMA for a fee).
   
  HMA or ARH oral examination conducted.
* Both HMA and ARH examinations can be conducted via a Japanese/English interpreter.
   
  If successful, the candidate will certified as a homeopath by the JPHMA and receive a certification number.
   
  JPHMA certified homeopaths are eligible to open a Japan Homeopathy Center. Those wishing to do so must complete the Japan Homeopathy Center establishment form and submit it to the JPHMA which will then grant permission.