Membership of the British Acupuncture Council
Acupuncture Education and Training
The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) is responsible for the accreditation of higher-level education programmes in university or independent college settings.
Training establishments that meet conditions set by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and BAAB lead to a professional qualification in acupuncture.
Eligibility for full membership of the British Acupuncture Council is based on a registrant’s successful completion of a BAAB accredited programme or one that is equivalent.
There are provisions for individual entrants via different routes of training that apply the same high benchmark standards and competencies. The BAcC hold special entry interviews and assessments.
BAcC members have the right and entitlement to use the designation ‘MBAcC’ after their name. Members who have given great services to the profession, such as research and evidence base, can be awarded a Fellowship, ‘FBAcC’.
Statutory Regulated and Accredited Professions
The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is an independent organisation assigned by the Government. The PSA primary role is to protect the public by overseeing the regulation and registration of statutory regulated and accredited health and care professionals.
Statutory regulation is the term used to refer to health and care professions that by law must be registered with a regulatory body. The focus of statutory regulation is to protect the public from the risk of harm.
The PSA oversee health and care professionals working in occupations that Parliament have said must be regulated. Statutory registered occupations include a doctor, nurses, midwives, and professions allied to medicine by reform such as physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropodists for example.
Accredited registers for non-statutory regulation
Parliament issued a statement that statutory regulation is not appropriate for many health and care practitioners as the level of oversight involved is disproportionate to the risk posed by a profession.
The PSA oversee health and care professionals working in occupations not subject by law to statutory regulation. Occupations not subject by law include a clinical physiologist, counsellor and psychotherapist or an acupuncturist for example.
Regulation of Acupuncture England Voluntary Accreditation
The PSA accredits organisations if they meet defined standards and monitor education and training, professional development and complaint handling procedures. The organisation chooses to be accredited.
The PSA independently assessed the British Acupuncture Council. The BAcC meets the Standards for Accredited Registers and is awarded the PSA Quality Mark.
The PSA recommends that people should only choose health and care practitioners who are either members of a statutory regulator or an accredited register. Members of the public can select the services of practitioners on a register which is independently assessed and approved.
The BAcC is the only register of acupuncturists accredited by the PSA.
As well as degree level training, BAcC members adhere to detailed Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct. A MBAcC registered acupuncturist guarantees high quality patient-centred individualised care and is qualified to prescribe an acupuncture intervention.
Choosing an acupuncturist on a register via the PSA ensures good standards of practice.
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