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Independent accreditation

Independent accreditation

Since February 2013, patients and the public have been able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The BAcC's register has been accredited by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament.

Acupuncturists on the BAcC's register will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority's robust standards.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority:
"We are very pleased to accredit BAcC's register of acupuncturists. Bringing their members into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The scheme offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives BAcC registered acupuncturists the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment."

Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the BAcC.

Accreditation means that the BAcC's register meets the Professional Standards Authority's high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information.

Further information on the accredited register scheme is available at http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers

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