British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) 
63 Jeddo Road
London W12 9HQ
T +44 20 8735 0400 F +44 20 8735 0404

Contact CEO – Paul Hitchcock

ETCMA Representative Jasmine Uddin (president emeritus)



Membership information



Member categories

Full: practitioners successfully qualifying from a training institution accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) are automatically eligible for full membership. Such courses are currently three years full-time or the part-time equivalent and study includes biomedical science appropriate to the practice of acupuncture. Courses also include a substantial clinical component. Other practitioners must satisfy the BAcC Admissions Process, through written application and interview, that they have a level of training and competence equivalent to recent graduates of BAAB accredited colleges.

Provisional: may be offered to applicants where additional skills or training are required before they are eligible for full membership.

Non-practising: practitioner members who temporarily cease practising but who want to receive all the usual mailings.

Overseas: practitioner members based outside the UK.

Student affiliate: a free web-based facility only open to students of BAAB accredited institutions. Students can register, download materials, take part in forums and access practical advice on being an acupuncturist.

Membership fee

Full: £605
Provisional: dependent on training requirements
Non-practising: £85.00
Overseas: £110.00
Student affiliates: no fee
(All figures are for 2013)

Required continuing education

Continuing Professional development every year is required

Requirements for continuing membership

- Completion of annual renewal form, sent to all members.
- Agreement to abide by BAcC Codes of Safe Practice, Professional Conduct and Disciplinary 
- Full Medical Malpractice & Public/Products Liability insurance cover (included in membership
  subscription fee for most members).

Becoming a member

Graduation from a BAAB accredited institution or through individual application and interview.    For further details please go to or email

Legal situation in the UK

It is estimated that there are somewhere between 10,000-12,000 people currently practising some form of acupuncture in the UK.

Of this number about 4,000 practise traditional acupuncture, either as acupuncturists or TCM practitioners. There are around 6,000

physiotherapists and 750 medical doctors, who predominantly practise western medical acupuncture as an adjunct to their primary

At present there is no government legislation in the UK covering the practice of acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. The BAcC

wishes to achieve statutory regulation of acupuncture but is not expected that such regulation will be in place within this parliament. The

BAcC is currently applying to be voluntarily self-regulated with the Professional Standards Authority.

Insurance reimbursement

Most people who choose to have acupuncture consult independent practitioners and pay for their treatment privately. There are some

health insurance plans that will reimburse the cost of such treatment, however many will only cover the cost of treatment provided by

practitioners who also have western medical qualifications (medical doctors, physiotherapists etc).


There is very limited state funding of acupuncture in the UK. Acupuncture treatment within the UK's national health service (NHS) is rare

and is usually given by medical doctors, physiotherapists etc as an adjunct to western medical treatment. British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

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