What we do

What we do

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. We are a member-led organisation, governed by an elected Governing Board and driven by a specialist staff team.

We advocate on behalf of Traditional Acupuncture professionals and maintain the highest professional standards to protect the general public. We provide our members with a wide range of services to facilitate their practice. We also act for the traditional acupuncture profession as a whole:

  • expanding awareness of traditional acupuncture and how it works

  • representing the interests of fully qualified traditional acupuncturists

  • establishing and maintaining the highest professional standards of practice for acupuncture in the UK

  • overseeing and accrediting acupuncture education to ensure excellence in training

  • funding evidence-based clinical research on the benefits of traditional acupuncture

  • promoting evidence-based research to the public, the media and other healthcare providers

  • promoting integrated healthcare and contributing to the development of national healthcare policy

PSA Accredited Register MarkThe BAcC was one of the first organisations to become a PSA Accredited Register. The Accredited Register scheme is designed to recognise that an accredited organisation maintains high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct where the operational sector is not covered by statutory regulation.
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The British Acupuncture Council works with the following organisations:

The European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) – an umbrella organisation for professional associations that represent different fields within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) – whose work is the accreditation of higher education level programmes leading to a professional qualification in acupuncture.

Research Council of Complementary Medicine (RCCM) – an organisation who promote research that will widen the availability of and access to safe and effective complementary medicine for patients within the National Health Service in the UK, to help prevent disease and improve patients’ health and quality of life.

Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) – the only organisation in the UK that focuses on the herbal element of Chinese Medicine (TCM).

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