Acupuncture licencing

It has been brought to the attention of the iO team that an osteopath has recently had a complaint made against them as they were not appropriately registered with their local authority to conduct acupuncture on their premises.

If you are practising acupuncture, you must be registered with your local authority. It is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1982 that anyone undertaking acupuncture needs to be registered with their local authority.

Under the this legislation, each practitioner undertaking acupuncture, and the premises at which the activity is to be carried out, are required to be registered by the Local Authority. If the premises and person are not registered for the activity of acupuncture, acupuncture must not be undertaken. If acupuncture is undertaken without a registration, the person undertaking it will be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine up to level 3 on the standard scale (currently £1000), plus Council costs if convicted in the Magistrates Court. The exemption to this is if a person is a registered medical practitioner.

Working in London? If you are an iO member working in London, your membership provides you with an exemption from registration. For more details on this exclusive iO membership service call the services team on 01582 488 455


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