In the UK acupuncture is not a regulated profession. This means that anyone can set up shop and call themselves an acupuncturist.
There are some safeguards in place with local councils and health and safety regulations, but if you are looking to try acupuncture it is important to find someone who is professionally trained and a member of a professional body offering you a safe treatment.
I studied acupuncture here in the UK, completing an accredited degree course (3,600 hours of study) and am now a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
As a member I am required to abide by the codes of safe practice and professional conduct, keep my professional development up to date and make sure I am aware of any changes to UK health and safety legislation.
It was also announced last week that the British Acupuncture Council’s register of practitioners has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This approval reinforces the high standards that we abide by in our professional practice and aims to give you added peace of mind when choosing an acupuncturist.
If you have questions on the standards we follow or would like any other information you can see more details on the British Acupuncture Council website or I’d be happy to answer your questions over the phone or via email.
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