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DH to consult on regulation of CAM therapists

By Gareth Iacobucci

The Department of Health has launched a UK-wide consultation into whether practitioners of complementary and alternative therapies should be regulated.

The consultation will seek views on whether a regulatory system should be established to govern the practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

The Government said it will base its decision on an assessment of the likely risk of harm to patients and the public, and consideration of whether this harm could be reduced or avoided.

Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘This UK-wide consultation will help us find the most appropriate ways of ensuring those who receive acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine can be reassured practitioners meet professional standards.'

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