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Governing Bodies and Regulations

Governing Bodies

After qualifying in your chosen discipline, it is advised that you join one of the recognised complementary health governing bodies of which there are many. As most students are multi-disciplined, we recommend you join the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP) which is a part of the Institute for Complementary & Natural Medicine (ICNM).

The Academy has had a very close working relationship with the ICNM for many years. First we were practitioner/members, then advisors, and in 2010 Dr Graham Chandler & Dr Philip Lawes were made “Fellows” of the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine. The ICNM review and approve all the course programs that we at the Academy offer.


Statutory regulations of Acupuncture have been talked about for many years and European regulations of Herbal Medicine are due to come into place by Spring 2011.

Dr Philip Lawes (Academy Director) is an active member of the Acupuncture Stakeholders Group and a member of the Chinese Medicine Working Group. Both groups are a mixture of the main course providers and governing bodies of Oriental Medicine in the UK, and were set up to aid in the forthcoming regulations in the UK.

Additional Learning Post Graduate (CPD) Training, MSc Degree, PhD

Most governing bodies require a minimum amount of Continued Personal Development training (CPD) each year after qualification, to ensure that you are maintaining standards and progressing in your knowledge.

The Academy regularly puts on additional training and also arranges trips to China to fulfill this criteria. For those who have completed the BSc Degree there is the option of the Master of Science Degree
(MSc), or who knows you may even wish to continue on and become one of the few with a PhD (Doctorate) in Oriental Medicine in the UK?

For more information on the subject of continued training, we would recommend you contact the Academy to discuss your needs/wishes, and to be able to help build a plan of action for your continued education.

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Academy of Oriental Medicine,
Unit 12b, Bates Industrial Estate (The Old Brickworks),
Church Road, Harold Wood,
Romford, Essex, RM3 0HU

Tel: 01708 370822
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