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Report of Professional Conduct Committee Findings and Orders

The BAcC aims to publish within seven days of a decision the names of those members in respect of whom it has investigated allegations and found the allegations to be well founded. It will also publish alongside the finding the section of either the Code of Professional Conduct or Code of Safe Practice of which they were found to be in breach, and the steps (if any) taken by the Committee in respect of the member so named.


Orders imposed by the Committee have been made to:

  • Fulfil the BAcC's role to protect members of the public
  • Maintain public confidence in the profession of acupuncture
  • Uphold the standards and conduct expected of Members


What the orders mean

  1. Fine - the member concerned has been fined a sum of money where there has been a lapse in standards on the part of the member concerned.
  2. Admonishment - the member's conduct or behaviour has fallen below the standard expected of a BAcC member but there has been no need to take action to remove or restrict his/her right to practise.
  3. Conditions of Practice - conditions have been imposed on the member's practice to enable him/her to take steps to remedy any deficiencies in their practice. Restrictions may be placed on the types of work that they may undertake. Conditions of practice judgements are sometimes imposed where there is evidence of incompetence or significant shortcomings in a member's practice, but where the Committee is satisfied that there is potential for the member to respond positively to re-training and supervision.
  4. Suspension - the Committee has ordered that that the member may not practise as a member of the BAcC for a for a specified period of time. During the time that that the member is suspended he/she forgoes all rights and privileges of BAcC membership.
  5. Termination - this is the most severe sanction. The individual is no longer a member of the BAcC.



Suspension orders

This section contains details of acupuncturists whose registration has been suspended pending the investigation or the final determination of a complaint. Any practitioner who is subject to a Suspension Order cannot call themselves a BAcC member during the period of suspension.

Acupuncturists Name Registration Number Term of Suspension Date Order Made

Professional Conduct and Competence Panel decisions

This section contains details of acupuncturists who have recently been the subject of a decision by the Professional Conduct and Competence Panel and the sanction imposed , together with the paragraph/s of the Code of Professional Conduct (CP) and/ or sections of the Code of Safe Practice (CSP) breached. . The Panel has the power to deliver a caution (A), impose conditions of practice (CP), suspend the acupuncturist's registration for a set period (S), impose a costs order (C) or permanently remove the acupuncturist's name from the Register (T).

Acupuncturists Name Registration Number Date  Order/s Paragraphs/Sections of Codes breached
 Emad Tukmachi  *******41 20th May 2019 Conditions of Practice Order for 12 months Code of Professional Conduct 2015 – section 3, section 4, section 6, section 7, section 48, section 49, section 68, section 72
Code of Safe Practice 2016 – section 7
      Costs Order £10,836.46  

Interim Orders

Acupuncturists Name Date  Order/s Terms of the order
Sarah Joseph (****02) 13 February 2019 Interim Conditions of Practice Order for 12 months For a period of 12 months, (or until the date that the proceedings are concluded, whichever is the earlier) from 13 February 2019, Miss Sarah Joseph must comply with the following interim conditions of practice:-

1. You must not treat the Complainant, whose name has been redacted.

2. You must

(a) Only treat patients at the following locations:
(i) 34 – 36 Warwick Way, London SW1V 1RY
(ii) 193 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8QP
(iii) An address which has been redacted

(b) Notify the BAcC in writing of any request(s) to treat patients at premises not listed in 2 (a) above
(c) Only treat patients at premises notified to BAcC in accordance with 2(b) above, once BAcC has approved the request(s)

3. You must

(a) Ensure that consent is obtained by you for each patient, and for each type of treatment provided to each patient
(b) Ensure that a record of consent is recorded in each patient record
(c) Keep a log of all patients treated; and
(d) Provide evidence of the consent (referred to at 3(a) and (b)) and the log (referred to at 3 (c)) to BAcC when requested

4. You must
(a) Identify a supervisor endorsed by the BAcC within 21 days of this order taking effect and notify the BAcC of the name, job title and professional contact details of that supervisor
(b) Meet with that supervisor at your own expense on two occasions to discuss consent to treatment; the first meeting to take place within 8 weeks of the date of this Order and the second meeting to take place 4-6 months thereafter
(c) Following each meeting referred to at 4(b), obtain a report from your supervisor, which you must submit to the BAcC which addresses, inter alia, your approach to consent to treatment.

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