Links & Resources
British Acupuncture Council: The BAcC is the UK's main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture by professionally qualified acupuncturists.
Council for Heathcare Regulatory Excellence: A statutory overarching body, covering all the UK and separate from Government, the CHRE was established in April 2003 to promote best practice and consistency in the regulation of healthcare professionals.
Department of Health: A Government department providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications.
European Medicines Agency: The EMEA is a decentralised body of the European Union set up in 1995 responsible for the protection and promotion of public and animal health through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use. Relevant committees include the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) which provides scientific opinions on traditional herbal medicines.
Health Food Manufacturers Association: The HFMA is the trade association for the specialist health product industry.
Health Care Professions Council: The HCPC is a healthcare regulator set up to protect the health and wellbeing of people who use the services of the members of the health professions registered with it. The HCPC currently registers members of 13 professions including physiotherapists, radiographers and art therapists.
iCAM: Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine: iCAM is a new centre based in the School of Integrated health for information and intelligence on CAM integration and professional development.
King's Fund: The King's Fund in an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency: The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health responsible for ensuring medicines, including herbal medicines, and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. Relevant committees include the Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM). The MHRA registers products under the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive.
The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health: FIH provides information about the integration of complementary and conventional healthcare and runs a number of programmes around regulation, research & development, education & training and more.