What is an Acupuncture Licence?
If you own or run a business and wish to carry out acupuncture then you will need to apply for a acupuncture licence with your local authority.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. Acupuncture as a form of treatment can relieve pain, and it is used for a wide range of other concerns, including overall wellness and stress management.
The law requires that premises operating acupuncture hold an acupuncture licence. This is also regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Please note that professionals who perform acupuncture are inspected annually by an enforcement officer and must a valid copy of their acupuncture licence on display at all times.
How to apply for the Acupuncture Licence
There is no statutory regulation of acupuncture in the UK, which means that in theory anyone is free to practise. In practice, however, all acupuncture practitioners are required to register with their local authorities.
When applying through your local authority, you must provide details about yourself and your premises, including any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field, as well as pay a one-off registration fee. These are set by the council and vary from area to area.
You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.
An acupuncture licence will be required by businesses or self-employed individuals operating either independently within premises or if they operate as a mobile business.
It is essential that acupuncture is carried out in safe and hygienic conditions in order to prevent the spread of infection amongst customers and those employed in the industry.
You will need to ensure that your procedures, equipment and facilities are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you run an acupuncture business without having a valid acupuncture licence.