A UK-wide consultation on whether practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine should be regulated was launched on 3 August 2009 by the Department of Health (DH).
The consultation is being published in response to a report to Ministers in May 2008 by the Steering Group on the Statutory Regulation of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine which recommended statutory regulation of those professions.
The consultation seeks views on whether a regulatory system should be established and if so what type of regulatory approach would be appropriate. In addition, the consultation explores the related legislation on regulating medicinal products and the important interaction between product and practitioner regulation.
DH invites responses by 2 November 2009.
› The consultation documents are available on the DH website (external link): A joint consultation on the Statutory Regulation of Practitioners of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Other Traditional Medicine Systems Practised in the UK