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In 1993 the law “Wet Beroepen Individuele Gezondheidszorg (BIG)” allowed anyone to provide medical care. However only medical professionals registered in the BIG register could carry out certain procedures (e.g. prescription of medication, surgery). A penal provision was included in the act: damaging a person’s health would be punished. Complementary and alternative practitioners are not registered in the BIG register, unless they also have a medical background.

Since 2009, it is obligatory to have your practice registered with the regional Chamber of Commerce. A VAT number and registration with the Tax Authorities (VAT = 21%) are also required. You are obliged to file tax returns. In 1992, it became obligatory for all businesses to have company liability insurance.