Benefits of membership

Benefits of membership

We are the British Acupuncture Council, the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.

We advocate on behalf of Traditional acupuncture professionals and maintain the highest professional standards to protect the general public.

Members of the British Acupuncture Council are entitled to a number of membership benefits as outlined below.

Professionalism

  • The only acupuncture organization accredited by the Professional Standards Authority 
  • The use of recognised and respected post-nominals MBAcC, FBAcC  or OMBAcC. 
  • Professional standards and ethics advice.  
  • Codes of professional conduct and disciplinary procedures. 
  • NHS recognition and links to the BAcC, including GP referral status. 
  • Maintenance of high standards, entry requirements and support for top-quality training through the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.  
  • Continued Professional Development programme, including guidance, planning and reporting support.  

Support

  • Codes and guides for safe practice, including COVID-19 guidelines. 
  • Webinars and ‘Let’s Talk About’ campaigns. 
  • 24-hour legal advice helpline and a confidential support service. 
  • Risk assessment forms and clinical self-audit tools. 
  • Safe Practice incident reporting scheme.
  • Advice for new graduates and those starting their own practice. 
  • Professional Insurance and adjunctive therapies insurance. 
  • Discounts on conferences, First Aid at Work courses and needles.  

News

  • Regular e-news bulletins including information on research and funding. 
  • Member magazine, Acu. and the European Journal of Oriental Medicine.  
  • Support promoting your practice with leaflets, logos, online resources and exhibition materials.  
  •  Website and social media guides to support your business.  

Strength

  • Promotion of the acupuncture profession through government lobbying.  
  • Research support, fact sheets, case studies, dissertations and review papers.  
  • ARRC symposium. 
  • Annual Conference.  
  • Negotiate with regulatory bodies, initiate campaigns and publicise research.  
  • Work with stakeholder organisations and healthcare charities.  

Community

  • Regional groups provide networking, workshops and socialising opportunities.   
  • Regular and free webinars and events.  
  • Townhall meetings.
  • Networking opportunities with the largest acupuncture community in the UK at the annual conference and research symposium. 
  • Mentoring and supervision register.
  • Observable practices register.
  • Contacts for TCM suppliers, international acupuncture organisations, patient organisations, affiliated organisations and useful business links.