Regulation in the UK

I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine who both push for the highest standards in their respective fields.

For those interested to know about other regulatory organisations in Chinese medicine the main bodies are:

The British Acupuncture Council

The BAcC are the main regulating body for acupuncturists in the UK with over 3000 members. Members must have undertaken a minimum of three years full time training, including the relevant western medical sciences, traditional theories and over 400 hours of clinical practice in order to qualify for an accredited honours degree in acupuncture. Members must also provide yearly evidence of continued professional development in order to maintain membership. They are the only acupuncture body currently registered with the Professional Standards Authority that oversees all health professions in the UK.

The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine

The RCHM is the herbal counterpart of the BAcC. They are members of the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) who oversee the regulation of western and eastern herbal medicine across Europe. They are actively engaged in the pursuit of statutory regulation of herbal medical products to ensure the public have adequate access to quality treatments and protection from dangerous products. Until the government recognises this need they do all they can keep their members trained and informed of safest practice.

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The ATCM is an alternative register of practitioners of all types of Chinese medicine with an emphasis on the TCM system.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society

The BMAS is an organisation that accepts doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and other health professionals in the state regulated system who have an interest in acupuncture. Their foundation courses last less than a week and teach western styles of trigger point dry needling with little or none of the cultural context.

The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

The AACP is a similar organisation to BMAS that exists exclusively for physiotherapists who have completed foundation courses in acupuncture.

You may also find practitioners belonging to other professional bodies or even practising without any affiliation as 'acupuncturist' and 'herbalist' are not protected titles. Therefore if you wish to see someone who is not a member of the bodies mentioned above be sure to check their credentials, training and insurance.