On Monday 19th January, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council opened its new register which means for the first time in the UK, members of the public who use a range of complementary healthcare services will be able to check that their practitioner is registered with an independent, and robust voluntary registration body.
With more than 150,000 complementary healthcare practitioners in the UK and an estimated 1 in 5 people using complementary disciplines, the CNHC has been formed to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration.
British Acupuncture Council members are not involved in the new body, the CNHC, as we're continuing in conjunction with the DoH to work towards statutory regulation of the acupuncture profession. As the UK's main regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture, the British Acupuncture Council strives for professional excellence amongst all our member practitioners. Rules are monitored and enforced with the help of experienced practitioners and independent non-acupuncturists. The British Acupuncture Council welcomes the opportunity for other complementary and natural healthcare practitioners to become part of an organisation that is also advocating professional efficacy. Public safety is paramount. Registration, whether voluntary or statutory, is about protecting patients, and we are pleased to see this important milestone in voluntary registration. Mike O'Farrell, CEO British Acupuncture Council
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