Acupuncture Course Accreditation
Statutory regulation ABANDONED for acupuncture
When choosing courses you should realise that there is NO STATUTORY REGULATION of acupuncture and none is envisioned in the near future. The BODYHARMONICS course provides you with a professional, accredited qualification which enables you to easily compete on equal terms with those who have chosen to do a three year degree course.
The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley): 16 February 2011
" The practice of acupuncture is not affected by the EU Directive and, therefore, compliance is not required. I am confident that acupuncturists have their own voluntary regulatory measures in place, which are sufficiently robust. Additionally, local authorities in England have powers to regulate the hygiene of the practice of acupuncture, to protect against the risk of transmission of certain infectious diseases." See information about the latest measures decided in Parliament
Acupuncture training courses are at present unregulated in the UK. There are several schools to choose from but every prospective student asks if the acupuncture courses are accredited.
PSA - the Professional Standards Authority,
the government Council for Healthcare Voluntary Regulation does not accredit acupuncture courses.
The PSA accredits a voluntary register if it can demonstrate compliance with the AVR standards.
PSA does not currently set the education levels required for an acupuncturist but expects the organisation holding the register to demonstrate it has set appropriate levels to ensure competent and safe practice.
PSA does not accredit or review the content/length of training courses.
It only accredits independent bodies such as:
- The British Acupuncture Council - BAcC which has set up its own British Acupuncture Accreditation Board - BAAB to set their own educational standards and length of training for their accredited courses. Degree courses are also accredited by the awarding university.
- Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council - AcuC is linked to Bodyharmonics who like BAAB, set their own educational standards and length of training. AcuC has exactly the same status as the British Acupuncture Council (BAaC)
- The British Medical Acupuncture Association - BMAS consists of members who are regulated healthcare professionals who practice mainly trigger point needling acupuncture.
- Complementary Natural Healthcare Council - CNHC
Each of these bodies sets standards for its own accredited acupuncture courses. Maria Mercati's Bodyharmonics acupuncture courses are accredited by:
The Acupuncture -Acutherapy Council (AcuC) is a professional register that specialises in promoting well qualified, safe and effective practitioners of Acupuncture and those therapies that focus on acupressure points.
All member practitioners are qualified, insured and maintain codes of practice so that you can expect high quality, safe professional treatment.
- Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AcuC) represented by Maria Mercati was a prominent member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Group (ASG), which was working towards Statutory Regulation. It included all 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 Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA) who met quarterly to discuss standards and possible regulation of acupuncturists. The new government Council for Healthcare Voluntary Regulation is PSA.
- A voluntary self regulatory register was opened in April 2011 under the governance of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Membership of the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council is necessary to register with CNHC.
- Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council has representation on the Profession Specific Board (PSB) of the CNHC in respect of Microsystems acupuncture. Maria Mercati was appointed a member of the Profession Specific Board (PSB) to provide advice to the CNHC Board about Microsystems acupunture specific issues
- Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council is a founder member of the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group (MARWG) which was designed to co-ordinate, regulate and promote the Microsystems Acupuncture Profession. Maria Mercati worked towards achieving voluntary self regulation under the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This new register is for Microsystems Acupuncture.
Maria Mercati has been running acupuncture courses each year since 1993. We teach all styles of needling using only single use disposable sterile needles. Many of the newer shorter acupuncture courses lack the wealth of learning and experience which under pin our course.