The Importance of the New ICSAN® Certification of Acupuncturists Without Borders International Society AWBIS®-ASFI®

¡Bye bye ICSA®! Hello ICSAN® Council

Now: the ICSA® is ICSAN®

International Council for Safety in Acupuncture & Naturopathy ICSAN®

New ICSAN® Certification International for AWBIS® Acupuncturist Without
Borders International Society, in Acupuncture and Naturopathy.

Since 2019, ICSA® became the new ICSAN®, it is an International Council, made up of Professionals Specialized in the field, with years of experience and in which Acupuncture and Naturopathy go hand in hand so that they have “Safety in Acupuncture and Naturopathy”

Brief history

The International Council for Safety in Acupuncture, in spanish: Consejo Internacional para la Seguridad en Acupuntura ICSA®, existed from its creation in 1999 to 2017. Today “Renewed”, it has been named, ICSAN® “International Council for Safety in Acupuncture & Naturopathy”, in Spanish, “Concilio Internacional para la Seguridad en Acupuntura y Naturopatía”, It is constituted as a special Area, which works hand in hand with ASFI®-AWBIS® for Acupuncturists and with ASFWHO® for Naturopaths.

The old ICSA® Council (it was created in 1999 only for Acupuncture), and in 2003 declared “of Medical-Health interest” by the International Steering Committee of the International FEDASF®. In the Resolution Act of 2003, issued by the previous Administration and its Committee. The disagreement of the then Director of ASFWHO® and the General Coordinator of the NAHSFI® area for not including Naturopaths, or Homeopaths who actively participate in most of the campaigns, is settled. That said, the Resolution remained unchanged. With the change of Administration in 2014, much was changing, until we got to what we are today.

Resolution of 2017

It was in this year, through the proposed Resolution of the Board of Directors, and the Board of NAHSFI®, it is voted, to add a letter, (which would change everything), with only one letter, the acronym changed, and Naturopathy is incorporated into Safety Management and Professional Validation also in this Medicine.

This is when ICSA® Council changed to ICSAN® Council. Although ICSA® will continue to be part of our registered trademarks and acronyms and will be used only for Acupuncturists, since 2019 it is ICSAN®, it is an International Council made up of professionals specialized in the field, with years of experience and in which, Acupuncture and Naturopathy shake hands to have “Safety in Acupuncture and Naturopathy”.

The Professional Technical Council that performs the tests and programs is the same for both professions, related in many ways. Therefore, we will name ICSAN® to refer to the Council for Safety whether it is Acupuncture or Naturopathy.

So, we say:

¡Bye bye ICSA®! Hello, ICSAN® Council

ICSAN® Certifications for ASFI®-ASFLAT® Members

The New ICSAN® Certification for Acupuncturists “International Council for Safety in Acupuncture”, is administered by AWBIS®ASFI® International.

From this website it is Exclusively for Latin America and the Caribbean, if you are from another country outside of the countries that comprise Latin America or the Caribbean, we recommend you go to Verify yourself through AWBIS®-ASFI® directly. «You can go from Here» (you will leave this website and will be redirected in new tab)

For Naturopaths it is administered by ASFWHO®, in both cases, in conjunction with the Unified Directors Board. AWBIS®-ASFI® and ASFWHO® (in charge of NAHSFI®) make available to all Acupuncture and Naturopathy Professionals the ICSAN® Certification “International Council for Safety in Acupuncture & Naturopathy”, Certificate of “Safe International Member in Acupuncture or Naturopathy”.

Certification that will help you to be a Professional who practices under international normative guidelines on “Safety in Acupuncture and Naturopathy”, in its different modalities.

As part of the Certification Process of the ICSAN® International Council for Safe Acupuncture & Naturopathy, it is to train and guide in the strategic priorities of professional safety in the management of Acupuncture and Naturopathy, (for all variants), and in the Bioethical Standards on International Security, and laws of each country, that every Professional should know.

In Naturopathy, the possible consequences of natural substances with possible toxicities.

Scientific studies are those that help define and understand cases in unintentional injuries, and develop programs for the adaptation of some procedures, in which Acupuncture and Naturopathy could represent a risk, especially in inexperienced hands, to finally: improve in the quality and biosafety of care with Acupuncture and Naturopathy, save lives, teach and protect the professional who works with these traditional medicines, being informed about International Biosafety Standards.

The process will deal with all these biosafety issues, and requirements for a correct exercise of these medicines safely (no matter how experienced you are).

It is taken Online and there are several parts:

1). For Acupuncturists, the training and informative material on this safety qualification. 2). Some case studies, etc. 3). You will see some points of some consideration that you should know, even so, some are announced. 4). On the collection of toxic-biological material (commonly called Hazardous Biological-Infectious Waste) 5). The laws of each country, differences. 6). International Laws, Basel Convention, PAHO, WHO, BID/IDB.

Much of the above could probably appear in the test.

1). For Naturopaths, we have some herbal remedies. 2). herbs, 3). Alcoholic and hydroalcoholic mother tinctures. 4). which could represent a danger in high doses. 5). a brief section on supplements and trace elements. 6). The quality of the raw material (if it is prepared by the naturopath) 7). Health Records that they should have in case they are purchased or those that are prescribed to clients/patients. Among others.

You are assigned a Tutor, who will help the understanding of the material, which will be online, for your study.

It will not give you any exact answers for some of the already standardized tests or exams. It will be able to clarify your doubts regarding certain topics and will ask you to carry out a brief investigative work.

The assigned tutor can help you understand the context of the material, training in Security Management, this material could be online for your study.

The Assigned Tutor will not be able to give you the answers to the test, but will be able to ask you any questions it deems necessary, especially about “Mnemonic” Terms that may vary from country to country.

At no time during the tutorials, will you be given an exact answer. The tests are many, so that, if an entire class of a Study Center wants to be validated together, the tests are different for each individual, except for the common core of Safety Management, be it for Acupuncture-Moxibustion as for Naturopathy.

In Standards on Safety and Biosafety in Acupuncture and Naturopathy care.

International Standards on: Hazardous Biological-Infectious Waste, part of what is described in the “Basel Convention” (in its field), which is indicated by organizations such as “PAHO, WHO, IDB and recognized international entities” (in its category).

And our experience in care with limited resources, where you learn that Safety is Basic.

Maximum 30 calendar days, after having passed the test or examination of any of the topics of Acupuncture (and its variants) or Naturopathy (in its variants), the Digital Certificate is sent with the Chain or Digital Signature and number so that they can find it on the web (if authorized by you).

The first step is: have the certificate. Once obtained, you must provide us with a written authorization, to be able to place your data on the web. Without consent, it cannot be included.

Once the consent letter is received, in a matter of days it will be visible on the web in the professional search area (you can search by Full Name, Member Number, or ICSAN® Number (The first, is the ideal since it is the Number Unique Identification)

Yes. We will extend the logo format together with an authorization (Attached documents), with which you can use the logo and the corresponding name, according to your profession:

“Proud Member of International Council for Safety in Acupuncture” ICSAN® by AWBIS®-ASFI®, or logo of “Proud Member of International Council for Safety in Naturopathy” ICSAN® by ASFWHO®.

Unlike, ASFLAT®. In AWBIS®-AFSI® the discount percentage in the “Revalidations”. As long as, your charge is for subscription (recurring and automatic donation) and will be 20%, 30%, or 40% percent. (only for Members)

As it is by subscription, its revalidation will be automatic, for the ICSAN® Certificate, of AWBIS®-ASFI®

If it is not by subscription, it will be the normal and current donation charge on the Revalidation date.

According to their qualifications, Diplomas or Certifications.

Note that you cannot change to a Lower Certification than the one you actually have. (For example, you cannot donate as a Technician or Diplomate, if your qualifications are Bachelor’s, Higher Levels, Higher University Level, or Physician with a Specialty in Acupuncture or Naturopathy, Doctorate, Master’s or Specialties.

It must be done as is, your grade and level of studies.

No. (But, there could be an exception if in your first examination there was some problem to pass) in each revalidation you will only have updates of some law, or if there is any recommendation on new security, of the international institutions on which the programs are based of studies.

As there is no reform or modification on security management in your field, you will only make the donation with a discount to renew your Certification. (if it is by subscription).

The test or Exam is only the first time. (Except that the changes are very deep, something that really would be rare).

There may be “Recommendations” that are made every few years.

Even so, you would no longer take a test or evaluation, you would only receive the changes or updates that will be informed in the Members access area, or sent directly to your e-mail.

It is a document that can accompany the Certificate, in horizontal format and legal in some countries, it is not suitable for everyone.

It is a provisional “License” to process the Standard License in those countries that support it.

In this document it is explicitly indicated that the Professional carried out a Training on Safety and Biosecurity (under international standards) in Acupuncture or Naturopathy. (Certified by a law firm)

The license has a cost of issuance, since it is done through notaries or lawyers (Affiliate outside the Organization) who are the ones who certify the veracity of the document.

Consult at the moment if you require the license to send you the quote, at the same time you should know that as it is a legal document, it must be sent to your home, the shipping cost will be your responsibility.

The cost to send your ICSAN® Certification on cardboard, signed and sealed in original, with a protection hologram, or the Certified License, by the “Law Firm”, does not include shipping costs.

The License issued by Acupuntores Sin Fronteras of Latin America and the Caribbean can be used to exert “Pressure” in Latin and Caribbean countries where some of these Professions are not yet Regulated, the Document indicates “that the Professional Approved the knowledge and Security checks on Acupuncture or Naturopathy)

Yes, if you wish and request it, since it has a cost of preparation and issuance of 25 $, plus taxes in digital format. If you require it in a plastic “card” format with a chip, the cost is 95 $, plus taxes and does not include shipping.

What is currently in style in many countries that have already switched to the new AWBIS®-ASFI® Credential, is that their ICSAN® Council Validation appears directly on their Member Credential in the Categories that correspond to an ICSAN® validation.

Therefore, an extra Credential is considered unnecessary, since when showing the Member in a campaign (the new Credentials) they include if there is, or not, the ICSAN® Validation.

If you are already a Member of AWBIS®-ASFI®, your data is already held by the Personal Data Protection Committee.

In this case, just contact us through the simple contact form, and indicate desire to become Certified in ICSAN® International.

Wait for the reply. Please do not donate until you have the answer in your email. If you make your donation and it is more money than corresponds to your category, there will be no refunds, and if it was less, you will be asked to pay the rest before giving you access to the platform where you will be assigned a tutor who will guide you to take your test or exam and indicate what research work (brief) you must submit. (if applicable and according to your level of knowledge)

If you are not a Member: in the first place, we recommend doing it, since the donation cost in this case will be higher.

Like the Members of Acupuncturists Without Borders International Society AWBIS®, Contact us through the form found on this website, indicating your desire to become Certified in ICSAN® International, and wait for a response, or for the requirements to be sent to you. Do not make a Donation until you have received the confirmation email.

Once the requested documents have been verified, the link will be sent to your e-mail, so that you can make your donation, in the corresponding grade and category.

Once this procedure has been completed and having met the requirements, you will be given access to the platform where you will be assigned a tutor who will guide you to take your test or exam and indicate which research work (brief) you must deliver.

It will be in force until its expiration, for those issued between 2003 and 2008, if it were prior to that date, that is, those issued from 2008 to 2018, (which were the first granted to Charged Members and who did not have – or do not have – a specific expiration date), they will no longer be valid, you have time to renew the New ICSAN® Certificate until June 1, 2021.

After that date (from June 1, 2021 onwards) they will cease to be valid and will have no value and must be revalidated for the New ICSAN® Certification.

It does not take an exam, if there is any update it will be indicated, you will only have to make your donation for 2 years and according to your data the material will be sent to you, if applicable.

Next, your New ICSAN® Certificate will be sent to you.

NOTE: If past the Renewal date, do not renew or change your old former ICSA® Certificate, for the New ICSAN® Certificate. You must start the process from the beginning, without exception.

You have three opportunities to take the test and present the work that your tutor may request. If you fail the test or exam, you will take it again the next day, or on the date that your assigned tutor indicates, that can happen until you understand it correctly since it is important to qualify, because it is about the Safety in medicines that some have risks in the wrong hands.

The test or Exam is not for the purpose of evaluating what has been studied, nor for the teaching or theoretical abilities learned in the study center.

But if you fail for the third time, you must wait 6 months. Register for the Certification and donate again and start the test, exam and work that is indicated from the beginning. (very exceptional cases)

Mainly it is intended that you be “a Safe Acupuncturist or Naturopath”, learning correctly the management of safety in your field, both for you and for your client/patient, is a priority.

We cannot issue a Certification, if you do not understand the most basic concepts that should govern your profession in terms of Epidemiological Safety, Risks of Biological Toxic Phytochemicals. (among others).

Therefore, we will only give you three opportunities to take the test or exam until you pass it correctly and receive your certificate.

Note: the tests, exams and assignments that your tutor may request, change when you fail, and are different when they are carried out in groups of professionals, from some of the Educational Centers with which we have special or binding agreements.

That is, if you fail the first time, “the next test will not be the same” each test will be different between each examination, when failing.

The three Levels of Certification of the ICSAN® Council, by ASFLAT®-ASFI®


ICSAN® Certification

For: Acupuncturists and Naturopaths who
are Diplomates, Technicians or Practitioners or equivalent (Must "Demonstrate Qualifications")
$ 49
99* 2 Years
  • Delivery of Material on ICSAN®, Yes
  • Preparation for the ICSAN® Test, Yes
  • ICSAN® Online Tutoring, Yes
  • Submit Jobs for ICSAN®, Yes
  • ICSAN® Online Test, Yes
  • ICSAN® Certificate, Yes
  • Safe Professional on Website, Yes
  • Automatic Revalidation: 20% discount
  • Updates in Revalidations, Yes
  • Test or Exam in Revalidation, No.
  • ICSAN® License. Yes. with cost
  • ICSAN® Credential, Request, with cost
  • ICSAN® Exclusive Information. Yes
  • ICSAN® logo + Permission to use. Yes


ICSAN® Certification

For: Acupuncturists and Naturopaths Licensed, with Master's Degrees, or equivalent (Must "Demonstrate Qualifications")
$ 69
99* 2 Years
  • Delivery of Material on ICSAN®, Yes
  • Preparation for the ICSAN® Test, Yes
  • ICSAN® Online Tutoring, Yes
  • Submit Jobs for ICSAN®, Yes
  • ICSAN® Online Test, Yes
  • ICSAN® Certificate, Yes
  • Safe Professional on Website, Yes
  • Automatic Revalidation: 30% discount
  • Updates in Revalidations, Yes
  • Test or Exam in Revalidation, No.
  • ICSAN® License. Yes. with cost
  • ICSAN® Credential, Request, with cost
  • ICSAN® Exclusive Information. Yes
  • ICSAN® logo + Permission to use. Yes


ICSAN® Certification

For Acupuncturists and Naturopaths Doctorates (PhD), Postgraduates, MD or equivalent (Must "Demonstrate Qualifications")
$ 79
99* 2 Years
  • Delivery of Material on ICSAN®, Yes
  • Preparation for the ICSAN® Test, Yes
  • ICSAN® Online Tutoring, Yes
  • Submit Jobs for ICSAN®, Yes
  • ICSAN® Online Test, Yes
  • ICSAN® Certificate, Yes
  • Safe Professional on Website, Yes
  • Automatic Revalidation: 40% discount
  • Updates in Revalidations, Yes
  • Test or Exam in Revalidation, No.
  • ICSAN® License. Yes. with cost
  • ICSAN® Credential, Request, with cost
  • ICSAN® Exclusive Information. Yes
  • ICSAN® logo + Permission to use. Yes

What benefit provides the ICSAN® Certification Council?

Great Difference from other professionals through a Certification and License as a "Safe Professional"

It is a great differentiation, compared to other professionals. Qualify for the ICSAN® “International Council for Safety in Acupuncture & Naturopathy” Certificate. It will be a brief verification by means of a test for this purpose; It is the recognition of being an Acupuncturist or Naturopath that was evaluated by a World Organization, which can support your knowledge.

“As one of our Safe Professionals“. Any country in the world recognizes that! Apart from that a “Safe” Professional will be in the database of professionals “Verified by ICSAN® Council International” Who do you think a potential patient/client will choose?

Example of the old ICSA® for Acupuncture

Why should I be Certified by the ICSAN® Council?

We have already given you several reasons, but there are more that benefit your profession… The exclusive Certifications for Acupuncturists and Naturopaths, in practice, will bring you great benefits, perhaps much more than you think.

Benefits of Obtaining the ICSAN® Council Certificate

Do you not consider a benefit, for everyone who enters your Consulting room, see that they were Certified as a “Safe Professional” by an NGO specialized in the matter? “A Physician, Graduate or Doctorate in Acupuncture or Naturopathy; an experienced Practitioner in Acupuncture or Naturopathy, a Specialist in Traditional Oriental Medicine, or Graduate in Acupuncture or Naturopathy. Technicians and Graduates in Acupuncture or Naturopathy”.

They are Professionals They exercise TCM/TOM and TNM and are in charge of promoting, maintaining or restoring health with “Safety”. A Specialist in Acupuncture, and in Traditional Oriental Medicines, are all synonymous with Practicing Professionals, one type of Medicine, from a different perspective. But… Is it updated on Health and Safety Standards every 2 to 3 years? Probably not. In many countries it is regulated as mandatory, to receive updates, for professionals in the health area. It is an “Update in Biosafety, but in areas of our respective medicines: Acupuncture or Naturopathy”. That’s what ICSAN® Council is for.

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