Getting to the point of… the importance of PSA accreditation


The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) sets the highest standards of professional practice for the acupuncture profession in the UK.

Independent accreditation

Since February 2013, the BAcC’s register has been accredited by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament. Patients and the public are able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The BAcC was one of the first organisations to become a PSA Accredited Register.

Professional Standards Authority logo

The PSA protects the public by overseeing the regulation and registration of healthcare professionals – including statutorily regulated professions, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Accredited Registers like the British Acupuncture Council.

The Accredited Register scheme is designed to recognise that an accredited organisation maintains high standards in governance, standards, education and training, safe practice and professional conduct, where the operational sector is not covered by statutory regulation.


How is a BAcC practitioner different to another acupuncturist?

Being on an accredited register, our members are able to display the PSA logo, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the PSA’s robust standards.

BAcC professionally qualified members are all degree-level trained in acupuncture (a minimum of three years and 3,600 hours of training), or equivalent and, as graduates from British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) accredited programmes, they are knowledgeable, reflective, competent and safe acupuncture practitioners. They have had full anatomy and physiology training with an extensive focus on risk and safety and have also undergone at least 400 hours of in-person clinical training. Following qualification, members are expected to carry out regular risk assessments and yearly continuous professional development (CPD).

The BAcC is committed to ensuring that all patients receive the highest standard of professional care during their acupuncture treatment, so our members also adhere to strict codes and standards.

Our Code of Professional Conduct governs ethical and professional behaviour, while the Code of Safe Practice sets benchmark standards for best practice in acupuncture. All BAcC Members are bound by and are proud of these codes.

Your local BAcC registered acupuncturist will be happy to discuss how acupuncture may help you. To find your local BAcC practitioner, visit: Find an acupuncturist – BAcC (

Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023
March 2023