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Background Info

Acupuncture is a specific activity included in the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006. This is a request for change to Article 2 (1) (b) of the 2006 Order to specify that members of BAcC should also be exempt.

Acupuncture is evidence based and recommended by SIGN for chronic pain and headache/migraine and also by NICE for lower back pain and headache.

Professional Standards Authority accreditation is a mark of quality that a register such as the British Acupuncture Council register is professionally managed in line with best practice. Accreditation ensures that health and care practitioners are “competent and safe”. See http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers and a recent report at http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/footer-pages/news-and-media/latest-news/news-article?id=ad785a9e-2ce2-6f4b-9ceb-ff0000b2236b

British Acupuncture Council members have to ensure they meet Mandatory requirements in terms of Continuing Professional Development and sector leading standards of Safe Practice.

Many British Acupuncture Council members have created good working relationships with their local authority Environmental Health Teams. There are large variations in the fees charged to Scottish members, with many members being charged multiple times by different local authorities. In England, British Acupuncture Council members are either charged only once, or exempted (as in London).