WHY CHOOSE A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ACUPUNCTURE COUNCIL?
With over 3,000 members, the BAcC is the UK’s largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture. The BAcC is a founding member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR), and maintains high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct.
Acupuncturists registered with the BAcC carry the abbreviation ‘MBAcC’ (Member of the British Acupuncture Council) after their name. When you choose to visit a BAcC member you can be sure of:
- Excellence in training (minimum three years, degree level, including anatomy, physiology and other appropriate elements of Western medicine);
- Adherence to the Council’s stringent Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct;
- Compliance with current health and safety legislation;
- Full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover;
- Up-to-date knowledge and skills maintained by mandatory continuing professional development.
WHAT IS THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AUTHORITY?
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is an independent body set up to oversee statutory bodies that hold voluntary registers of health and social care professionals, such as the British Acupuncture Council.
Acupuncture in the UK is not covered by statutory regulation, and as such it was felt that distinguishing between acupuncturists who had undertaken short courses and those who had undertaken more extensive study was of interest to members of the general public looking for high standards of care. The BAcC was an early member of the Professional Standards Authority’s ‘Accredited Voluntary Register’ (AVR), which recognises the fact that it maintains high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct among members.
You can read the BAcC’s entry on its register here if you would like to know more.