Clinicare is opposing a European Commission recommendation that alternative medicine practitioners should be subject to much tighter regulation.
The private health insurer says that it can advise policy holders on whether practitioners are bona fide members of an appropriate body and that there is no need for legislation.
The EC believes that anyone offering complementary medicines should be required by law to have a minimum standard of medical knowledge and training. Its report also calls for a Europe-wide body to establish codes of conduct and regulations governing practitioners.
Clinicare general manager Les Curson says: "As long as they are covered we are able to advise policyholders whether alternative therapy practitioners are members of a professional association or a recognised body.
"We do not therefore see that this is an area requiring statutory regulation."