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Continuing professional development (CPD) is mandatory for all members of the British Acupuncture Council

We define CPD as learning that supports the development and work of our members throughout their professional career as acupuncturists. We regard CPD as essential for the maintenance and enhancement of the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for effective professional practice. In order to fulfil the requirements for CPD, we ask that members:

  • Undertake a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activity per year.
  • Complete an annual declaration of your CPD activity either on-line or on paper.
  • Reflect on the impact that engagement in CPD has made to their practice and the therapeutic relationship with their patients.
  • Maintain an ongoing record of CPD.
  • Participate in the BAcC's audit of CPD when requested.

You can download a copy of the 2013 CPD policy from this page.

The British Acupuncture Council is committed to ensuring all patients receive the highest standard of professional care during their acupuncture treatment. Our Code of Professional Conduct governs ethical and professional behaviour, while the Code of Safe Practice sets benchmark standards for best practice in acupuncture. All BAcC members are bound by these codes.

All members are accountable to the BAcC for their professional behaviour and the codes are rigorously enforced. If members break the BAcC's rules they can be fined, admonished or have conditions placed on their practice. In more serious cases, members may be removed or suspended from the BAcC register.

Although we are currently a voluntary self-regulating body, our reputation as the lead body for acupuncture in the UK means any sanctions we impose are taken seriously.

Professional conduct


The Code of Professional Conduct sets out the high standards of personal and professional conduct required of BAcC members.

Concerns about a member's behaviour should be referred to our Professional Conduct Officer who will explain the formal complaints procedure and collect preliminary details. Complex cases may take some time to resolve because of the need for thorough and impartial investigation.

Conduct enquiries can be sent in confidence to the Professional Conduct Officer by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0208 735 1205.


Safe practice


The British Acupuncture Council believes patient safety is paramount. All BAcC members are required to meet and maintain the standards for safe acupuncture practice set out in our Code of Safe Practice.

Concerns about the safety of acupuncture can be referred to our Safe Practice Officer who is able to give advice on all aspects of best practice.

Safe practice enquiries should be sent to the Safe Practice Officer by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0208 735 1226.

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