The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board

The Board was established in 1990 and is a not-for-profit company focusing on acupuncture education in the UK. It consists of professional and lay members who direct and supervise the accreditation process using the established minimum standards, namely the Standards of Practice for Acupuncture Programmes (SETAPs) set down in Part Two of The Accreditation Handbook.

Members include:

  • Representatives of the acupuncture profession who are members of the British Acupuncture Council
  • Representatives of teaching institutions accredited by the Board
  • Specialists in education
  • Representatives of other complementary therapies and of western medicine
  • Representatives reflecting the public interest.

The Board is supported in its work by a staff team to deliver its six strategic ambitions.

Strategic ambitions 

Our primary ambition is to ensure and promote excellence within acupuncture education. We do this by establishing and maintaining standards of professional education in acupuncture within the UK through a formal process of approval comparable to other health professions within the UK with programmes meeting the minimum requirements of a 3-year degree with curriculum mapped to the expectations set out by acupuncture's leading professional body The British Acupuncture Council. 

By focusing on upholding these standards we thereby ensure that programme continuously improve and innovate to deliver inclusive and creative learning environments, and importantly assuring the public that graduates are competent, safe, knowledgeable and reflective in their own practice. 

For more information on how we are operationalising our ambitions in 2024, please click here for our 2024 plan. 

More information on the standards can be found here:

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