The Acupuncture Society is a professional body of Acupuncture and Oriental Therapist Practitioners recognized by the London Local Authorities on 29th October 1996 under the London Local Authorities Act 1991 section (4) As a Society of Acupuncture, TCM and Oriental Therapist Practitioners exempted from local authority special treatment licensing (this exemption is mainly applicable in the London area, all members must check with their Local Council Environmental Health Department before claiming this exemption).
The Acupuncture Society is an association and register of professional acupuncture therapists and was formed to promote the development of TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other Oriental Therapies such as Tuina, Acupressure and Auricular Acupuncture as effective complementary medical practices. Our membership is composed of Chinese Traditional, Medical, Orthopaedic, Korean and Auricular Acupuncturists, Chinese Herbalists and Oriental Body Workers.
Members are bound by a strict Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations and a Code of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice. Members are obliged to comply with local health authority safety, hygiene and sterilization requirements, government regulation and carry full indemnity insurance, undergo first aid training and attend CPD courses. All members are on the Acupuncture Society professional register of practitioners
The Society provides support to practitioners in all aspects of their clinical practice, licensing, insurance, first aid, sharps disposal, updates on regulation, disciplinary and appeals proceedures and current professional standards etc.
The Acupuncture Society was an active member organization
of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Group (ASG), which was composed of the major UK Voluntary Regulatory Bodies like the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the British Academy of Western Medicial Acupuncture (BAWMA) who met quarterly to discuss and update of standards and self regulation within the profession, also the Society is a member of the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group and The British Acupuncture Federation which has been formed to merge and cooperate between Western Medical and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Society's and Associations in the public interest and to promote safe and professional practice.
Acupuncture Society Microsystems Acupuncture practitioner members can also apply to be included in the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council Register, if they are already a practising registrable therapist with Anatomy and Physiology Level 3. The Acupuncture Society are in the process of applying for Voluntary Register Accreditation to the Professional Standards Authority as a member of The British Acupuncture Federation
CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority’s demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark.
General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.
The Acupuncture Society can verify appropriate applications for CNHC registration in respect of Microsystems Acupuncture.
Applicable Acupuncture Society Members wishing to register with CNHC should contact Amanda Shayle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits of Acupuncture Society membership include:
Insurers, employers, health centers and local councils prefer that practitioners are members of a professional body
we have a news letter 2 times per year
we have a practitioner forum once per year where therapists can showcase their skills
members working in the London area can claim exemption from local authority licensing
there are many approved CPD courses
we have codes of safe and ethical practice, disciplinary and appeals procedures
a find a practitioner listing
good economical practitioner insurance options
we recommend sharps disposal companies and first aid course providers and much more
we keep up to date on regulation and professional standards