Regulating bodies

Current list of healthcare providers

There is a growing list of UK private health insurers whose policies allow for the full or partial refund of acupuncture treatment fees.  

If you do have a health plan then, it would be a good idea to see if some or all of the cost of your treatments are covered.  

I have compiled this short list from the British Acupuncture Council website which was accurate in October 2015.  This link takes you to a page that explains the current position though.


Companies listed on the British Acupuncture Council’s website as of October 2015 are:

Aviva Healthcare … Benenden Healthcare Society … Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund … BUPA … CS Healthcare … Engage Mutual Assurance … Exeter Family Friendly … General and Medical Healthcare … Healthshield … HSF … Medicash … National Friendly … Pru Health … Sovereign Health … Simply Health … Westfield … WHA … WHCA … WPA

Also included are companies underwritten by other companies:

Health-on-Line … Insurety … Saga … Secure Health

What is the British Acupuncture Council?


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

They provide members with a wide range of services to facilitate practice and ensure the highest standards. Their responsibilities include:

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
As a member I am bound by the Council’s stringent Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics.

What is the Professional Standards Authority?

Professional Standards Authority

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is a government body set up to oversee statutory bodies that hold voluntary registers of health and social care professionals, such as the British Acupuncture Council. Acupuncture in the UK is not covered by statutory regulation, and as such it was felt that distinguishing between acupuncturists who had undertaken short courses, and those that had undertaken more extensive study, was of interest to members of the general public looking for high standards of care.  The BAcC was an early member of the Professional Standards Authority’s ‘Accredited Voluntary Register’ (AVR), which recognises the fact that they maintain high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct among members. You can read the BAcC’s entry on their register here if you would like to know more.