Fully accredited BMAS members, and holders of the Diploma of Medical Acupuncture, need to apply for reaccreditation every five years. This page gives guidance on the procedure.
Reaccreditation occurs through a cumulative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points system. 30 hours of CPD spread over 5 years (with a minimum of 5 hours in any one-year) should be presented to the Board for consideration.
At least 15 hours of CPD time should be spent externally on scientific meetings (or webcasts of these meetings), courses, presentation of papers at meetings, teaching at approved courses or attendance at approved relevant meetings.
Up to nine hours of time can be gained by reading relevant journals, undertaking practice audit, or other relevant distance learning.
The Assessors will judge whether or not individual activities are relevant in counting towards reaccreditation and guidance concerning this follows below. Candidates would be well advised to exceed the minimum requirement to be more certain of approval. CAEB members and Assessors are always willing to provide advice concerning individual cases.
‘Approved’ above refers to courses or meetings that have met the requirements of an appropriate college for use as CPD (for example one of the Royal Colleges).
The Diploma in Medical Acupuncture (Dip Med Ac) lapses automatically five years after it has been granted.
The fee for assessment for REACCREDITATION is £45 payable by cheque made out to the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
The training requirement (30 hours)
The following list of educational activities should not be regarded as prescriptive but rather as a guide. In general if CPD has been granted for a course or meeting by an appropriate body (for example the Royal College of Physicians), the approved hours will count towards the total required for REACCREDITATION, if not, the length of the programme will be used. Programme discussion time is accepted but not refreshment breaks or mealtimes.
It should be noted that the BMAS does not accredit courses, and any non-BMAS hours used towards reaccreditation need to be detailed. For such courses or meetings a copy of the programme and certificate of attendance should be supplied, with reflective notes on the coure indicating why it is relevant to BMAS reaccreditation.
A limited element of non-acupuncture training in relevant medical topics will be accepted, but a case must be made for the inclusion of subjects outside those given in the list below (related medical learning).
Distance learning using some commonly used textbooks or journals may be assessed by submission of a short synopsis, critique or learning outcome.
Participation at courses and meetings is generally easier to accredit than distance learning.
A. PARTICIPATION LEARNING (minimum of 15 hours)
a) BMAS Courses (CPD time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
b) Non BMAS WMA Courses (CPD time, or if not CPD approved, programme time – generally a max of 6 hours per day)
c) Non BMAS TCM-based Courses (half the programme time, up to a maximum of 15 hours)
NB: Please see note above regarding non-BMAS courses.
2) BMAS and National Meetings
a) BMAS Scientific Meetings (CPD time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
b) Webcasts of BMAS Meetings (CPD time in Category A on completion of quizzes, only if not already claimed in 2a above)
c) ICMART and International Symposia (programme time – generally a max of 6 hours per day)
d) Non BMAS WMA Meetings (CPD time, or if not CP approved, programme time – generally a max of 6 hours per day)
e) Non BMAS TCM-based Meetings (a maximum of half the programme time)
NB: Please see note above regarding non-BMAS courses.
3) Acupuncture Clinic
a) BMAS London Teaching Clinic – attendance as trainee or observer (clinic time – generally a max of 6 hours per day)
b) Clinics run by BMAS member with the Dip Med Ac – attendance as trainee or observer (clinic time – certified by supervising accredited member - generally a max of 6 hours per day)
c) Other clinics – up to 1 hour per nominal half day session by submission of learning objectives and outcomes
B. DISTANCE LEARNING (maximum of 10 hours)
1) BMAS webcast quizzes (half programme time may be claimed here in addition for those who attended the meeting and claimed CPD hours in Category A 2a above).
2) Acupuncture books - up to 2 hours per item, by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis.
3) Journals – up to 2 hours per item, by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis
C. PREPARATION LEARNING (maximum of 5 hours)
1) Presentation of lecture, research paper or poster
a) to BMAS or ICMART (3 hours)
b) to medical audience or nursing, physiotherapy, dental or veterinary audience (3 hours)
c) to lay audience (2 hours)
2) Media interview
a) Broadcast TV or Radio (1 hour)
3) Publication of article – if based on a presentation the maximum combined time of 4 hours is awarded
a) in an acupuncture journal (3 hours)
b) in any other medical journal (3 hours)
c) in the lay press (2 hours)
4) Research and audit
a) Preparation (2 hours)
b) Publication (+1 hour)
D. RELATED MEDICAL LEARNING (maximum of 5 hours)
1) Basic Medical Sciences
3) Pain Management
7) Sports Injuries
a) Lectures or case presentations (CPD time)
b) Out-patient observer (clinic time)
c) Non-acupuncture books & journals – up to 2 hours per item by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis.
COUNSELLING AND APPEALS PROCEDURE
Unsuccessful candidates will be offered advice intended to improve the chances of success after subsequent reapplication.
Candidates who are referred and wish to appeal against this decision should write to the Chairman of the Competence, Accreditation and Examining Board, c/o the BMAS office, within four weeks with full details of the nature of his/her appeal. The Assessor(s) who made the original decision to refer the candidate will provide a written report to the Chairman stating the basis on which the decision was made.
The Chairman together with one further member of the CAEB will consider, within four weeks:
1. the details of the candidate’s appeal
2. the written report of the Assessor(s)
3. the candidate’s certificates of course attendance, and other relevant documents.
The candidate will be informed of the Chairman’s decision in writing. His decision will be final and binding. Any comments concerning the process of assessment, as opposed to the assessment result, should be addressed to the President of the BMAS.