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."
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:
Member of The British
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