There is no statutory regulation of acupuncture in England, non-medical acupuncture practitioners are required to register with their local authority.
There are a number of voluntary acupuncture organisations in the UK practitioners can join if they hold certain qualifications and agree to work according to certain codes of practice.
These Organisations include:
The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)
British Acupuncture Council (BacC)
British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA)
British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP)
The Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AcuC)
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Maria Mercati’s Bodyharmonics acupuncture course is accredited by AcuC and the examiner is Danny Van Laethem who is a principal lecturer in the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University in Antwerp. He requires the high standards comparable with those of university students with whom he is involved in Belgium.
I have completed 3 years of training in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage and Manipulation) – a unique and powerful approach taught at the Bodyharmonics Center in Cheltenham by Maria Mercati (www.bodyharmonics.co.uk ). Additional clinical experience at Shandong University Hospital in Jinan, China. Maria Mercati is a council member for the UK at the World Federation of Chinese Medicine (WFCM) and was a founding member of EURO-TCM (European Colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
I am registered with Woking and Elmbridge Council.