Consultation on how to regulate complementary and alternative therapies

Practitioners of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicines and other forms of herbal remedies are being invited to suggest how they should be regulated under a new Government consultation.

The Department of Health is to seek views on whether a UK-wide system should be created, as at present there is no statutory regulation of practitioners who offer such treatments.

Ann Keen, the Health Minister, said: “Patient safety is paramount, whether people are accessing orthodox health service treatments or using alternative treatments, privately or through the NHS. This UK-wide consultation will help us find the best and most appropriate ways of ensuring that those who choose to receive acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine can be reassured that those practitioners meet professional standards of care and safety.”

The consultation follows publication last month of a report from the Extending Professional Regulation (EPR) Working Group, which looked at currently unregulated roles.

Source - Times

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