Licensing of Acupuncturists in Scotland

Legislation came into effect on 1st April 2006 in Scotland requiring acupuncturists to be licensed by their local authority.

Unless you are a regulated health professional practising acupuncture within a hospital or independent clinic, you will need to have the premises where you practice licensed by the local authority. Regulated health professionals are registered with the GMC, NMC or equivalent.

If this affects you and you would like to find out more about the legislation you can read a copy of Scottish Statutory Instrument number 43 and the amendments on the internet.

Summary of changes in Scotland

  • Regulated health professionals do not need a licence if working in a hospital or independent clinic.
  • All other acupuncturists will need to be licensed and should apply.