Is acupuncture regulated?
In the UK and most of Europe, acupuncture is not regulated. This means anyone with basic training can claim to practice acupuncture. This includes nurses, doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.
In Canada and Australia acupuncture is regulated and certain standards of training must be meet to be able to practice acupuncture.
In countries where acupuncture isn't regulated, there is an increased risk to patients. Healthcare professionals with basic training in acupuncture are often the ones who cause most of the adverse effects reported about acupuncture treatment.