What are the requirments under irish law to practice hypnosis for money, street hypnosis and stage hypnosis in particular?
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Are you required under irish law to have a license or other qualifacation in order to practice hypnosis professionaly as an entertainer, such as offering your services as a stage hypnotist or to perform 'street hypnosis' as a busking/street performer? Does permission have to be sought from Gardai or local authority as I understand in required under UK law? Does this differ from requirments to practice hypnotherapy or is there one clear law/act covering the practice of hypnosis in Ireland? If so what is required? Thank you!
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1. There are really two questions here. Firstly to practice hypnosis as a therapy in Ireland is not currently governed by legislation. Rather there is self regulation by the Association of complimentary Therapies in Ireland. The area is governed by guidelines issued by the Department of Health & children on the operation of complementary therapies. However, there is an absence of sanction if these are violated. There have been a series of Working Groups which have reported to the Minister for Health & children on the possibility of legislation and the proper regulation of this area, so legislation is likely in the not too distant future. However, the area is currently without legislation but is self regulated.2. Stage performance of hypnosis governed by the general law applicable to all entertainers, but with the added issue that any hypnosis practised on members of the audience must not interfere with the health & safety of any of the participants in the same way the health & safety of any attendee at a gig must be protected. If the health or safety of any audience member is interfered with, then there are criminal sanctions for this. However, there is no licence required for a person practising hypnosis on stage in Ireland.
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