What qualifications should acupuncturists have?

Currently there are no laws in place in the UK regarding the level of training or experience required to become an acupuncturist. People often find it reassuring to know that the practitioner is trained to a high standard and is working to a safe level of practice. Because of this, there are many professional associations that voluntarily regulate the profession. These associations usually ask practitioners to meet certain requirements before being eligible for membership.

The eligibility requirements will vary for each professional organisation. Generally, practitioners will be asked to provide evidence of the appropriate training.

Before having treatment you are advised to check that the acupuncturist has relevant qualifications and insurance, or is a member of a professional body. Therapy Directory only lists those who can provide proof of either.