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ACUPUNCTURE
QUALIFICATIONS & REGULATION



Acupuncture is not currently subject to any statutory regulation and therefore anyone, either with or without qualifications, may claim to be an "acupuncturist". The profession is working towards SSR (Statutory Self Regulation) and is working with the Department of Health and the Prince of Wales's Foundation for Integrated Health to achieve this objective.

The following information is provided by Prince of Wales's Foundation for Integrated Health (POWFIH): "The Acupuncture Regulation Working Group (ARWG) was established for one year to examine statutory self-regulation for the profession. It was made up of representatives from the British Acupuncture Council, The British Medical Acupuncture Society, the British Academy of Western Acupuncture and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

A final report from the Acupuncture Regulation Working Group was published in September 2003. To download a copy of this report, click on the PDF logo.

 Acupuncture organisations not represented on the working group were included in the consultation process. The ARWG was supported by the Department of Health and the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Integrated Health."
Website:
http://www.doh.gov.uk/acupuncturerwg

If you are interested in training in Acupuncture, the British Acupuncture Council has a list of BAAB-accredited training institutions.

When choosing an Acupuncturist, don't be afraid to ask about their qualifications and experience. The following qualifications are in common use:

MBAcC Member of The British Acupuncture Council
 
Dip Med Ac Diploma of Medical Acupuncture. A Diploma for doctors who are members of the BMAS and registered with the GMC in the UK
 

 

   

 


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Updated: 18 Jan 2007

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