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Join the BAcC

Please note: During the current lockdown / coronavirus pandemic the British Acupuncture Council has advised members to cease face-to-face practice.

It is currently only possible for recent graduates of BAAB approved courses (who are also UK residents) to apply for membership. Please do not apply if this is not you.

Full membership is not currently available - the current Short-term insurance membership option does not provide insurance for face-to-face contact, but is suitable for those who wish to provide online / telephone consultations.

We have a separate microsite where you can submit an application to become a member. Click the button to find out more and join today

The BAcC is the membership body for career practitioners of professional traditional acupuncture. We are globally recognised and a leading member of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA)

Our membership is comprised of those who have completed degree level qualifications or equivalent. Through our sister organization, the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, we ensure high standards of acupuncture education in the UK and its professional standing.

Develop your practice

If you're just starting out, the BAcC supports you through regional groups and professional development leads. Services include business/legal support, marketing templates, forums and social media communities. In our London office we have full time staff to provide advice on marketing, safe practice, legal and Continuing Professional Development matters. We host an annual conference and research symposium, provide a peer review journal (EJOM) a monthly e news bulletin, and a members newsletter five times a year. For all members, however, long they have been with us, we offer piece of mind with standard insurance and legal protection and expert advice from our specialist staff team.

Stand tall

We offer enhanced status as we are the only traditional acupuncture body accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority assured voluntary register scheme. For those who are looking further enhance their professional standing, we offer a Fellowship scheme. Our high standards also in practice mean that you can access patients from private health insurers and the NHS.

As an institution, the British Acupuncture Council we offer a voice, campaigning visibly for traditional acupuncture. BAcC can trace its roots back to the early 60s and has been working tirelessly to promote the value of traditional acupuncture to the public and policy makers since its formation from five precursor associations in 1996.

In short, BAcC membership ensures that its members are well trained, safe and effective – with ongoing quality validated by external scrutiny. We look forward to welcoming you as a BAcC member.

number 1 benefit

Mark of professionalism

We are the only acupuncture organisation accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. We cultivate high standards through our entry requirements and support for top-quality training. Our codes of professional behaviour ensure effective safe practice. We promote your professional development with our CPD programme, mentoring register and funding for research. Our members are widely approved by PHIs.

number 2 benefit

Support in your practice

Our gold standard insurance gives cover for many additional therapies plus 24-hour legal helpline. We have in-house experts to advise on all aspects of professional standards including safe practice. Our confidential practitioner-support helpline is there for any member in time of need. We listen to your needs and work for you and your business throughout your acupuncture career.

number 3 benefit

News and benefits

Our regular e-news bulletins keep you briefed, especially on research and funding. To promote your practice we offer you leaflets, logo, online resources and exhibition materials. You can read and contribute to our member magazine Acu. quarterly and the European Journal of Oriental Medicine twice a year. You get exclusive offers on events and with suppliers. You can tell us what you think whenever you like.

number 4 benefit

Strength in numbers

Ours is the voice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. We negotiate with regulatory bodies, initiate campaigns and publicise research. We work with other acupuncture organisations and healthcare charities. We talk to government and champion individual projects. Our public website is a leading source of acupuncture information including how to find a BAcC practitioner.

number 5 benefit

Community of traditional acupuncturists

You can meet other practitioners through local regional groups and workshops or get together for promotional events and mutual support. Our website forum and social media let you tap into a wide network of online colleagues. You can sign up for regular events free of charge and enjoy the collective buzz of annual gatherings like the BAcC conference and research symposium.