Members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) have completed a thorough training of at least three years in traditional acupuncture and western medical sciences appropriate to the practise of acupuncture. They carry the letters MBAcC after their name. The BAcC maintains common standards of education, ethics, discipline and practise to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times. Members are covered by Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance. The BAcC requires that practitioners undertake an extensive and thorough training in acupuncture of three years full time or the part-time equivalent. This extensive training is recommended regardless of a person's prior western medical qualification.
The BAcC does not consider it appropriate for any practitioner to have taken a one or two weekend course in acupuncture.
All BAcC members are bound by strict Codes of Practice, Ethics and Professional Conduct. These Codes ensure that patients are offered the highest standards of professional care during their acupuncture treatment.
Disposable needles are used. These are pre-sterilised, are in sealed packs and are disposed of after each treatment.
Obligatory for membership, all practitioners are covered by full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.