Acupuncture Accreditation

Statutory regulation ABANDONED for acupuncture course accreditation

When choosing courses you should realise that there is NO STATUTORY REGULATION of acupuncture and none is envisioned in the near future. The BODYHARMONICS course provides you with a professional, acupuncture accredited course, accredited qualification which enables you to easily compete on equal terms with those who have chosen to do a three year degree course.

The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley): 16 February 2011

” The practice of acupuncture is not affected by the EU Directive and, therefore, compliance is not required. I am confident that acupuncturists have their own voluntary regulatory measures in place, which are sufficiently robust. Additionally, local authorities in England have powers to regulate the hygiene of the practice of acupuncture, to protect against the risk of transmission of certain infectious diseases.”

See information about the latest measures decided in Parliament

Acupuncture training courses are at present unregulated in the UK. There are several schools to choose from but every prospective student asks if the acupuncture courses are accredited.

PSA – the Professional Standards Authority,  the government Council for Healthcare Voluntary Regulation does not accredit acupuncture courses, but only private acupuncture registers.  Its annual fees are over £10,000 annually

The PSA accredits a voluntary independent register such as:

  • Complementary Natural Healthcare Council – CNHC (microsystems acupuncture)
  • The British Acupuncture Council – BAcC
PSA Healthcare Voluntarty Government Regulation

PSA does not currently set the education levels required for an acupuncturist
but expects the organisation holding the register to demonstrate it has set appropriate levels to ensure competent and safe practice.
PSA does not accredit or review the content/length of training courses.

The British Acupuncture Council – (BAcC) set up its own British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) to set their own educational standards and length of training for their accredited courses. Degree courses are also accredited by the awarding university.

Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council – (AcuC) is linked to Bodyharmonics who like British Acupuncture Accreditation Board BAAB, set their own educational standards and length of training for both Tui Na and Acupuncture.
The AcuC register has the same function as the British Acupuncture Council (BAaC).
AcuC’s membership fee is only a fraction of that for BAaC.

Each of these bodies sets standards for its own accredited acupuncture courses

Maria Mercati’s Bodyharmonics Acupuncture and Tui Na courses are accredited by:

The Acupuncture -Acutherapy Council  – AcuC
AcuC is a professional register that specialises in promoting well qualified, safe and effective practitioners of Acupuncture and those therapies that focus on acupressure points.
All member practitioners are qualified, insured and maintain codes of practice so that you can expect high quality, safe professional treatment.

Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council

AcuC is a professional body that liaises with government and other organizations such as PSA on specific issues related to acupuncture, its educational standards and safe, effective practice.

Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AcuC) represented by Maria Mercati was a prominent member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Group (ASG), which was working towards Statutory Regulation. It included all the major UK Voluntary Regulatory Bodies like the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA) who met quarterly to discuss standards and possible regulation of acupuncturists.
The new government Council for Healthcare Voluntary Regulation is PSA.


This voluntary self regulatory register was opened in April 2011.
Membership of the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council is necessary to register with CNHC.
Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council has representation on the Profession Specific Board (PSB) of the CNHC in respect of Microsystems acupuncture.
Maria Mercati was appointed a member of the CNHC Profession Specific Board (PSB) to provide advice to the CNHC Board about Microsystems acupunture specific issues

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council CNHC


Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council is a founder member of the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group (MARWG) which was designed to co-ordinate, regulate and promote the Microsystems Acupuncture Profession.
Maria Mercati worked towards achieving voluntary self regulation under the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This new register is for Microsystems Acupuncture.

Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group - MARWG
Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group


Maria Mercati was invited to attend the establishment conference of WFCMS in Beijing in September 2003 where she was elected as a council member for the United Kingdom. The objectives of the organisation are to promote understanding, unity and cooperation among academic groups of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) throughout the world, to improve the standard and protect traditional Chinese Medicine to help gain access to mainstream medicine and to make contributions to the health of mankind.
Note: * Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM is defined as the Chinese way of doing Tui Na, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs & Qigong.   世界中医药学会联合会WFCMS国际联络部 (click on link)

World Federation Chinese Medicine Society - WFCMS
World Federation Chinese Medicine Society


Bodyharmonics was a member of EURO-TCM from 2002 – 2007. It included practitioners and educators of TCM from 14 European countries. EURO-TCM had legal status and had been conceived to further the unification of educational programs and procedures for teaching, examination and accreditation of TCM in Europe.
Maria Mercati was involved as a committee member for 3 years in helping to standardize Tui Na and Acupuncture in European colleges of TCM. EURO TCM considered the Bodyharmonics Tui Na courses the best training available in Europe.

European Register of Organizations for Traditional Chinese Medicine - EURO-TCM
World Federation Chinese Medicine Societies WFCMS-2003 Maria-Mercati


Maria Mercati was appointed by ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) in 1997 for a five year period to write the original syllabuses and examination papers for Tui Na, Thai and Indonesian massage as a pilot scheme to establish standards for these Oriental bodywork treatments. The course materials, structure and exam papers are the copyright of the BODYHARMONICS Centre
ITEC courses based on these syllabuses and examinations have ONLY been available at the BODYHARMONICS acupuncture and massage therapy school. No teacher training has been given to anyone outside BODYHARMONICS to teach Maria Mercati’s syllabuses. Other ITEC affiliated colleges and schools do not offer Tui Na or Thai courses based on these syllabuses. The course materials, structure and exam papers are the copyright of the BODYHARMONICS Centre



Maria Mercati has been running acupuncture courses each year since 1993. We teach all styles of needling using only single use disposable sterile needles. Many of the newer shorter acupuncture courses lack the wealth of learning and experience which under pin our course.