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All reasonable attempts have been made to provide accurate and recent information, but it is not necessarily comprehensive, and information is of a general nature only which is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual.

Self-diagnosis is not recommended and internet-based advice is no substitute for a face-to-face visit with a healthcare practitioner.

Links

Links from this web site are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for the sites linked to, or the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement. The British Acupuncture Council is not responsible for, does not endorse or approve and accepts no liability in respect of, any information or opinion contained on any third party site (including, without limitation, any liability arising out of any allegation that the content of any third party site infringes any law or the rights of any person or entity.)

Advertising

Articles, courses, advertisements or other material published on the BAcC website do not necessarily reflect the opinion or carry the endorsement of the British Acupuncture Council. The BAcC reserves the right to refuse advertisements it considers unsuitable. Advertising guidelines are available on request.

Availability

We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.

General

Whilst the British Acupuncture Council has taken reasonable care in compiling this web site, it is not responsible for any action taken by any person or organisation, wherever they are based, as a result, direct or otherwise, or information contained in or accessed through this web site. The BAcC makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about

(a) any of the content of this web site (including, without limitation, the quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose of such content), or

(b) any content of any other web site referred to or accessed by hypertext link through this web site ('third party site').

You should consult a suitably qualified person on any specific problem or matter which is covered by any information on this site before taking any further action.

Site Policy

This web site has been designed to comply with the European Commission's "eEurope2002: Quality Criteria for Health Related Websites".

Notes

Transparency and Honesty
The purpose of this site is to provide information about the British Acupuncture Council and the practice of acupuncture by its members. The British Acupuncture Council funds this web site and is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee.

Authority
Descriptions of acupuncture practice are as studied in the UK acupuncture colleges and in P.R.China and elsewhere in the orient and are written by fully qualified and licensed acupuncture practitioners.

Privacy
No personal data about an individual using this site will be obtained without their permission. Where any personal information is shown, for example, names and addresses of practitioners, it is displayed only with prior consent. Name and membership number and (optionally) email address will be stored on this site where British Acupuncture Council members and staff have registered their details with the members only area. A log of IP addesses is held in cases of suspected security breaches. No other personal data are held on this site.

Currency
Basic information about the British Acupuncture Council and acupuncture practice is unlikely to change very often and therefore pages will not display a last-modified date. However, modern browsers can provide this information via the 'Properties' or 'Page Info' tabs. Practitioner details represent the latest information received from individual member practitioners, and in some cases may have changed.

Accountability
A full list of contact addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses is available from every page. Users are encouraged to use the contact information to point out any errors or inconsistencies on this web site.

Accessibility
Every effort has been made to make the content of a website accessible to people with disabilities in accordance with the advice of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative. This includes use of properly coded mark-up language (XHTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS).

EU Guidelines on Quality Criteria for Health Related Websites

Transparency and Honesty
* Transparency of provider of site - name, physical address and electronic address of the person or organisation responsible for the site.
* Transparency of purpose and objective of the site.
* Target audience clearly defined (further detail on purpose, multiple audience could be defined at different levels).
* Transparency of sources of funding for site (grants, sponsors, advertisers, non-profit, voluntary assistance).

Authority
* Clear statement of sources for all information provided and date of publication of source.
* Name and credentials of all human/institutional providers of information put up on the site, including dates at which credentials were received.

Privacy
Privacy and data protection policy and system for the processing of personal data, including processing invisible to users, to be clearly defined in accordance with community Data Protection legislation (Directives 95/46/EC and 2002/58/EC)..

Currency
Clear and regular updating of the site, with up-date date clearly displayed for each page and/or item as relevant.

Accountability
*Accountability - user feedback, and appropriate oversight responsibility (such as a key quality compliance officer for each site).
* Responsible partnering - all efforts should be made to ensure that partnering or linking to other websites is undertaken only with trustworthy individuals and organisations who themselves comply with relevant codes of good practice.
* Editorial policy - clear statement describing what procedure was used for selection of content.

Accessibility
Accessibility - attention to guidelines on physical accessibility as well as general findability, searchability, readability, usability, etc.
- every effort should be made to make the content of a website accessible to people with disabilities, including sensory impairments and learning difficulties.

Guidelines for making websites and their content accessible to all users have been developed by the "Web Accessibility Initiative", a working group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).