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About the Accredited Registers programme

The Accredited Registers programme provides a layer of protection to anyone looking for health and care services that are not regulated by statute.

People can choose a practitioner belonging to a register that has been independently vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority in a number of areas, such as:

  • acupuncture
  • counselling and psychotherapy
  • hypnotherapy
  • sports rehabilitation
  • complementary therapies
  • foot health
  • play therapy services

The Professional Standards Authority is aiming to accredit many registers across a wide range of health and social care services. There are 21 registers so far, covering 29 occupations and over 70,000 practitioners.

Under the Accredited Register programme, practitioners are able to demonstrate their personal commitment to quality by joining a register that meets high standards set by the Professional Standards Authority.

Health and social care practitioners registered with an Accredited Register will display the quality mark (see logo above).

Next time you look for a health and social care provider and you see the Accredited Register logo, you can be assured that these organisations manage their register well and require their registrants to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where relevant, business practice.

The areas covered by the programme's standards include:

  • governance
  • setting standards
  • education and training
  • managing the register
  • providing information
  • handling complaints 


Page last reviewed: 15/07/2015

Next review due: 15/07/2017

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