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A joint consultation on the Report to Ministers from the DH Steering Group on the Statutory Regulation of Practitioners of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Other Traditional Medicine Systems Practised in the UK

  • Launch date:
    3 August 2009
  • Closing date:
    16 November 2009
  • Creator/s:
    Department of Health
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Have your say!

This consultation is launched jointly by the four health departments in the UK.

This consultation seeks respondents’ views on whether, and if so how, to regulate acupuncturists, herbal medicine practitioners and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners. It focuses on the purpose of regulation – public protection - explains the difference between professional regulation (whether statutory or voluntary) and system regulation, and explores the links between the work of the DH Steering Group on the statutory regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and TCM and the Regulation White Paper Working Group on Extending Professional Regulation.

Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback on this consultation, and tell us what you think about the proposals

The responses will be analysed for the UK as a whole, as well as by country, to help Ministers make a decision about the best way of ensuring an appropriate level of protection for the public when accessing treatment from practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

Responding to the consultation:

Our preferred method for receiving your responses is via the automated response system,  you may also respond in writing to the AHMTCM team at the address below.

Please indicate whether you are replying as an individual or on behalf of an organisation or group of people. Your response may be made public but if you would prefer it to remain private please make this clear in your reply.

Due to potential postal delays caused by the postal strikes the Department of Health will accept responses to this consultation received after 2 but not beyond 16 November 2009.

  • Contact:
    AHMTCM Consultation Team
  • Address:
    Department of Health
    Room 2N09
    Quarry House
    Quarry Hill
    Leeds LS2 7UE

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