IFCO Response to Proposed Irish Legislation Regarding X-ray

Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation
IFCO Response to Proposed Irish Legislation Regarding X-ray

Spinal Health of the Public at Issue

The President of the International Federation of Chiropractors & Organizations (IFCO), Dr. Liam Schubel, released a statement regarding the potential signing of upcoming legislation concerning the use of X-Ray in Ireland that has been presented to the minister of health in that country.

His statement began "The IFCO is very concerned about the detrimental effects of this proposed legislation".

Dr. Schubel went on to explain the wide ranging effects on the public health if this legislation is signed into law including that it ". . . will immediately bring about a lesser quality of specific chiropractic care for the people of Ireland".

Schubel continued "We urge the health minister to consult with the chiropractic profession in Ireland and internationally in order to protect the people with standards that don’t limit their ability to obtain a proper chiropractic analysis of the vertebral column".

He offered the assistance of the IFCO ". . . with any documentation that he may need to make an informed decision regarding this important matter".

According to the EU (Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Dangers Arising from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018 are due to be signed into law by Health Minister Simon Harris on February 6th and unless amended, it will be illegal for a chiropractor to take or refer for an X-ray.

If you wish to sign an online petition for the minister of health in Ireland, you may do so here:


IFCO position on X-Ray:

The IFCO position on X-Ray coincides with the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation’s position on X-Ray.

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation encourages an evidence-informed approach to the use of radiography in the assessment of vertebral subluxation.

Doctors of chiropractic are responsible for determining the safety and appropriateness of chiropractic care. This responsibility includes the detection and characterization of vertebral subluxations, congenital and developmental anomalies which may affect the selection of chiropractic techniques, and conditions which may contraindicate certain chiropractic adjusting methods.

Furthermore, radiography may disclose conditions requiring referral to another type of health care provider.

As portal of entry, first contact health care providers, chiropractors are thoroughly trained to order, take x-rays and interpret the results of the studies.

For more information contact the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation or the IFCO.


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