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British Medical Acupuncture Society

The British Medical Acupuncture Society was formed in 1980 as an association of medical practitioners interested in acupuncture. There are now over 2000 members who use acupuncture in hospital or general practice. Additionally there are sections for dentists and vets. A number of other organisations are affiliated.

The BMAS promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox medical diagnosis by suitably trained practitioners.

Mission Statement
The BMAS is a registered charity established to encourage the use and scientific understanding of acupuncture within medicine for the public benefit.

It seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners, and to promote high standards of working practices in acupuncture among such practitioners, by means of tests, examinations, and accreditation procedures.

Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Secretariat


The British Acupuncture Council

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) represents professional acupuncturists who have an extensive training in acupuncture and the biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of this therapy. Members practise a recognised and traditional style of diagnosis and treatment therapy. This has been developed and refined over 2000 years and provides patients with an holistic approach to maintaining health and managing illness.

There is no government legislation in the UK covering acupuncture at present. This means that unfortunately anyone can currently provide acupuncture treatment without any professional acupuncture training whatsoever.

The BAcC believes that anyone who provides acupuncture treatment should have undertaken an extensive acupuncture training of at least three years full-time or the part-time equivalent. This is irrespective of any prior biomedical training a practitioner may have. A biomedical training is not qualification for the provision of professional acupuncture treatment.

The BAcC maintains standards of education, ethics, practice and discipline to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times. It is also committed to promoting research and enhancing the role that traditional acupuncture can play in the health and well-being of the nation.


Aromatherapy Organisations Council

The AOC is an umbrella organisation which represents a number of professional organisations and training establishments. The AOC has set up a national register of aromatherapists for referral to the public.


General Chiropractice Council

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act 1994. It has four main duties:

To protect the public by establishing and operating a scheme of statutory regulation for chiropractors, similar to the arrangements that cover other health professionals
To set the standards of chiropractic education, practice and conduct
To ensure the development of the profession of chiropractic, using a model of continuous improvement in practice
To promote the profession of chiropractic so that its contribution to the health of the nation is understood and recognised

The GCC Register opened on 15 June 1999. Any person describing himself as any kind of chiropractor must register with the GCC within the two-year transitional period following the opening of this statutory register. After 14 June 2001 the title of 'chiropractor' will be protected by law and it will be a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.


Faculty of Homeopathy

The Faculty of Homeopathy promotes the academic and scientific development of homeopathy and regulates the education, training and practice of homeopathy by doctors, veterinary surgeons, podiatrists, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other statutorily registered health care professionals.

The site contains general information about homeopathy including the evidebnce base for homeopathy and has a searchable database of practitioners.

The Society of Homeopaths

A source of general information as well as offering advie about finding a local practitioner. The site includes asearchable database of therapists who are registered with the society.





General Osteopathic Council



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