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The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority's demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC's quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark.


CNHC Registration
CNHC has agreed that The Reiki Association may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark. Members wishing to register can read more information here, and about the actual verification process here, where a 'Request to register' form is available to download.


To find out more about the CNHC email, call 020 3668 0406, or visit



Professional Advantages of CNHC Registration
By registering with the CNHC, complementary therapists demonstrate to the general public and to other healthcare providers that they meet national standards of practice in their work.


These are many of the advantages offered by CNHC:
  • Government support: The Department of Health has recommended that where people are looking for complementary healthcare therapists they use someone who is CNHC registered.
  • Accredited Register: CNHC's register is approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care(PSA). This provides additional assurance that CNHC registrants meet the standards of patient safety and service quality. “Both the Government and the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) recommend that when a patient or service user chooses to visit a health or care practitioner who is unregulated, only those on an accredited register are consulted”. (Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, November 2015).
  • The General Medical Council guidance to doctors confirms that they are able to refer patients to practitioners on a PSA Accredited Register. Click here for information on the Accreditation scheme. CNHC registrants can download a letter to take to their GP surgeries in MyCNHC Resources. Click here for information on MyCNHC Resources.
  • Use of the CNHC Quality Mark: complementary therapy practitioners who register with the CNHC are able to use the CNHC ‘quality mark', which incorporates the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accreditation mark, on their websites and in publicity materials. Click here for more information on how to use the CNHC Quality mark.
  • PR support: CNHC registered practitioners have been gaining a wide range of local coverage by using PR support provided by CNHC. Therapists from around the UK have been featured in local newspapers, magazines and local radio with many seeing an increase in enquiries and clients as a result.
  • Entry on national register: CNHC-registered complementary therapists appear on the CNHC's national register which has received over 300,000 searches since the register opened. Click here to search the CNHC register.
  • London Boroughs Special Treatment Exempted Status: CNHC has been granted exempted status by the London Special Treatment Group for CNHC registered therapists working in London Boroughs. This means that any CNHC registered complementary therapist wishing to open premises in London will be eligible for a licence exemption. Practitioners should check with their local council before going ahead as some may still require a licence despite the recommendation from the London Group. Please click here for further information.
  • Private health cash plans: CNHC registration is recognised for reimbursement with a number of private health cash plan providers such as Health Shield, Simply Health & a number of specific employer plans with Westfield Health. This means that clients who are members of the relevant plans can claim for the cost of the treatments outlined here, when they visit CNHC registered complementary therapists.
  • Employment advantages: An increasing range of bodies such as employers and insurers are using CNHC registration and the CNHC ‘quality mark' as an independent validation of standards. CNHC registration is increasingly becoming a requirement for referrals for complementary therapies. Click here for details of job and volunteer roles for CNHC registered practitioners
  • CNHC and professional associations working together: The CNHC and complementary therapy professional associations are working together to raise and maintain standards of practice and it is increasingly seen as good practice to sign up to both. The key difference is that CNHC as a regulatory body acts in the public interest and Professional Associations act in the interest of the practioners and the profession.
  • CNHC Newsletters: CNHC Newsupdates are sent via email at the beginning of each month to all CNHC registered practitioners. Please click here to view copies of CNHC's newsletters.
  • MyCNHC Resources: All CNHC registered practitioners can download a range of useful documents by logging into MyCNHC and clicking on the 'CNHC Resources' option. Click here for information on MyCNHC Resources.
  • Holistic Therapist Magazine: A free digital edition of Holistic Therapist magazine is sent to all CNHC registrants quarterly. The magazine contains a wide range of articles designed to support practitioners with running a successful practice.
  • Advertising support: CNHC has worked with the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) Copy Advice Team, in consultation with CNHC's Profession Specific Boards (PSBs), to produce wording to describe each of the therapies CNHC registers. The purpose of this is to offer wording that practitioners may use to describe their practice in a way that will reduce to a very great extent the risk of a successful complaint to the ASA.CNHC also provides guidance about advertising in relation to the Cancer Act 1939. See Guidance for Registrants.
CNHC Policy Updates
To find out more about the latest policy updates please read this pdf


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