The head of a new UK regulator for complementary medicine has promised to clean up the industry and give proper quality assurance to the one in five UK residents who use its services.
Maggie Dunn, co-chairwoman of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, said that the new regulator would start a voluntary register of practitioners who operate professional and safe businesses.
To be included, the more than 150 000 complementary medicine therapists working in the country will need to prove that they have appropriate training and insurance and abide by a code of conduct.
“I think most of the profession is operating to good standards, but we know not everyone will be able to register,” Ms Dunn told the BBC. “If that means that people who are not up to scratch are driven out of business, I will not cry for them.”
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