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Date: Thursday, 17 February 2011 12:31
The Department of Health today announced plans to bring in statutory regulation of herbal practitioners with the Health Professions Council (HPC) from April 2012. Within these plans, The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is pleased that the Government has stated that it believes self-regulation of acupuncture is robust and meets the needs of the public.
Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2011 15:22
From 31 January, Nick Pahl will become chief executive of the British Acupuncture Council following the retirement of Mike O'Farrell.
Nick has held leadership roles within the voluntary sector, nationally and internationally. This includes a director role within a national hospice membership charity and a senior manager at Marie Stopes International. Recently he has held a number of senior roles within the NHS.
Date: Thursday, 01 April 2010 13:10
Mike O'Farrell, Chief Executive, British Acupuncture Council.
The Secretary of State's announcement today considering how acupuncture may be regulated in the future is an encouraging development. However, the British Acupuncture Council still firmly believes that statutory regulation of acupuncture practitioners will provide the best protection for the public and will continue to work towards this on behalf of our 3,000 members.
Date: Friday, 19 March 2010 13:11
The British Fertility Society recently changed its guidelines on acupuncture following an announcement that it had found no evidence that acupuncture could aid fertility. Every day BAcC members treat patients who are struggling to conceive, often with very positive results. Here is the BAcC's response:
Date: Monday, 01 February 2010 14:12
The scheme which allowed BAcC members to issue certificates enabling patients to give blood without waiting for several months has come to an end.
In implementing European law, the regulatory authorities for blood donation have chosen to use the statutory regulation of the practitioner as the new criterion for exempting people from the waiting period. Sadly this means that until the statutory regulation of acupuncture in two years time, patients of BAcC members will have to wait four months after their last treatment to give blood.
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