About us

Who we are and what we do

NAFKAM is short for Norway's National Research Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; an official research and information institution under the Norwegian Directorate of Health, located at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. 

NAFKAM's task is to:

• Through its own research, contribution to and coordination of other research activities in the field, develop knowledge of - and possibly how - complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)can help with illness and health problems.

• Develop and offer research-based and quality-assured information on the potential efficacy and risk of common CAM treatment

NAFKAM's mission is to contribute to higher patient safety through informed and knowledge-based health choices.

About NAFKAM.no

Nafkam.no is the Norwegian health authorities' official website for facts about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Together with our international website CAM-Cancer, this website forms a national information centre, run by NAFKAMs information department.

Nafkam.no contains a Norwegian encyclopedia of summaries on the safety, efficacy, history and theories behind popular CAM therapies, health products, diet and lifestyle programs, and other types of self-help techniques. These summaries are based on solid research sources and rigorous quality assurance routines. Read our Quality Assurance article for more information on this. 

Educational purposes

The purpose of NAFKAM's information is tied to our assignment of contributing to increased patient safety, by enabling the individual to make safer choices for their own health. NAFKAM shall offer research-based, objective and quality-assured information about CAM, so that patients who use or consider using CAM can make knowledge-based health choices.

You will also find separate sections on e.g the Norwegian legislation of the CAM field; patient guidance, collections of material for specific groups of patients (children, seriously ill, etc.); news from the CAM field; presentations of research done at NAFKAM, and more.

Disclaimer

  • NAFKAM's information is not intended to promote or inhibit the population's use of alternative treatment. NAFKAM does not take responsibility for patients' possible use of alternative treatment mentioned on the website.
  • NAFKAM has no certifying role. Mention of a form of treatment on the website does not mean that it or its practitioners are publicly quality assured or approved in any way.
  • NAFKAM's information is not intended to replace communication between patients and health workers, but it can be used as a basis in the dialogue between them about the possible use of alternative treatment. Patients are encouraged to always inform their physician about the use or possible use of alternative therapies.

Do you still have questions about NAFKAM or about CAM in Norway? 

You are welcome to contact NAFKAMs Information Department by email: nafkam@helsefak.uit.no, or by phone +47 77 64 66 50.

Please note that we do not offer personal medical advice, nor treatment or products. We cannot assist you in recommending a CAM therapy or finding a CAM therapist/ -product.
We will never give your information to anyone outside NAFKAM without anonymizing the information. Please read our disclaimer before you contact us.

Postal adress

NAFKAM, Faculty of Health Sciences
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

Location

MH-building, Floor 10
Department of Community Medicine
UiT  The Arctic University of Norway
Hansine Hansens veg 18
9019 Tromsø
Norway

NAFKAM -

Norway's National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

We work to give you facts about complementary and alternative medicine, so that you can make safer choices for your health.

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