The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies
The UK Federal Regulator for Complementary Therapies
Regulation and registration of complementary therapists in the UK is voluntary self-regulation. This means that there are no laws in place to protect the public from unqualified or incompetent therapists. For the past ten years and in accordance with recent government recommendations, the various professional associations in each therapy have been working together to agree standards and requirements for each type of complementary therapy.
When this criteria had been set the next stage was to put in place an overarching independent regulator to establish a national register and protect the public by validating the status of all registered therapists. This is a role of the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT).
Another role of GRCCT is to provide a robust complaints procedure which in the event of a proven complaint has the option of removing the practitioner from the national register.
Practitioners on the National Register agree to abide by a Code of Professional Conduct & Ethics, are answerable to the GRCCT Complaints and Disciplinary procedures, maintain their training and knowledge with continuing professional development and have in force professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
The Complementary Therapies regulated by GRCCT are practised by in excess of 50,000 practitioners in the UK .