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The practice of acupuncture is not regulated as such the UK. However the profession in a particular locality may be regulated by the relevant local authority.
For further general information, visit the British Acupuncture Council website.

England and Wales
A local authority may take power under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to require a person who carries on the practice of acupuncture in its area to register with the local authority. If a licence is required, a person may only carry on the practice of acupuncture in premises registered by the local authority. However a registered practitioner may visit people at their premises to give them treatment at their request.
Tacit consent: it appears that the authorities consider that tacit consent does not apply.
For further information, visit Business Link and/or enquire of the relevant local authority.

Northern Ireland
Similar legislation applies in Northern Ireland (Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1985).
For further information, visit and enquire of the local authority.

A local authority may take power to require a licence for the carrying on in its area of the business of skin piercing (which would include acupuncture) (Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006).
For further information, visit Scottish Business Gateway

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