The Regulator regulates the practice of Reiki (and other therapies/disciplines), primarily to protect the public. There are currently two Regulatory Bodies soliciting membership by practitioners or Reiki and other complementary therapies in the UK.
The role of the regulatory body is primarily to protect the public in that it gives the public and employers quality assurance that the practitioner's qualifications and/or experience is such that it meets the minimum standard required for professional practice. It also gives the same quality assurance to doctors and all other health care professionals who may use a national register. Registrants will have to be insured and sign up to a CPD Policy (continuing professional development), disciplinary procedures and code of professional conduct and ethics.
Each practitioner should make their own decision as to which is most appropriate for their particular circumstance. It is important to note that currently no Reiki organisation or Regulatory Body can prevent any practitioner from conducting their business - practitioners are only subject to their requirements and any disciplinary procedures by having chosen to be so by registering with them.
CNHC (The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council)
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government funding and support. Its key function is to enhance public protection by giving the general public and commissioners of services access to a list of practitioners who have been assessed as meeting national standards of competence and practice. It currently registers practitioners from fourteen disciplines with more to follow. CNHC has agreed that the UK Reiki Federation may verify applications for CNHC registration and members may register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark.
CNHC Registration for UK Reiki Federation practitioner members
UK Reiki Federation practitioner members interested in registration may follow this link to log in and download a members' registration form, which includes further information on the process and details of any verification costs involved:
- CNHC Registration for UKRF Members (members only)
CNHC Registration for non-member Reiki practitioners
The UK Reiki Federation may also verify applications for CNHC registration from non-members. Practitioners wishing to register should download this form to read further information on the process and details of any verification costs involved:
- Download CNHC Request to Register - Non UKRF Members (PDF, 585kb)
CNHC News January 2013
• CNHC Profession Specific Board (PSB) elections start this year
CNHC begins 2013 with its first round of elections for Profession Specific Board (PSB) members.
PSB members will now be elected by registrants in order to give CNHC registered practitioners a direct say in who will act as advisers to CNHC’s Board. The elections will take place on a rolling programme over a period of several years, in line with the incremental way the register opened to each discipline.
The first elections will take place in February 2013 for the massage therapy and nutritional therapy PSBs. Any CNHC registered massage therapist or nutritional therapist is able to stand for election for the relevant PSB, including those who are currently members of the PSB. The electorate will be all registrants in the relevant discipline at the time of the election.
CNHC will be emailing all CNHC registered massage therapists and nutritional therapists in early February 2013, setting out the full details and inviting registrants to stand for election. The second round of elections will be held later in 2013.
• CNHC search function upgraded
CNHC’s register search function has been upgraded to enable members of the public to search the register for a practitioner within a range of between 1 – 20 miles of their own town / city or postcode. The search also provides a visual map of the area where a practitioner is based. Each therapy is marked in a different colour so members of the public will be able to identify a relevant CNHC registered practitioner in their area.
For more details check the register on CNHC’s website at www.cnhc.org.uk or go direct to the CNHC register at: www.cnhcregister.org.uk
GRCCT (General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies)
The GRCCT register became live in October 2007, and had its official launch on 6 June 2008. With the GRCCT each profession has its own Voluntary Self Regulatory (VSR) group which feeds into the GRCCT. The Federal Council is composed of equal numbers of lay and professions, and is chaired by an elected lay chair.
GRCCT Registration for Reiki practitioners
The 2011 registration fee is £30 for practitioners who are members of the professional associations such as the UKRF, with £5 for each additional therapy to be registered. The fee for practitioners who were not members of one of the professional associations is £130 as they would need to be vetted in a different way.
The GRCCT Website is: www.grcct.org
We apologise to members who are having difficulty contacting GRCCT with admin queries. Unfortunately we have also been unable to solicit responses from them and can only suggest that those with concerns persevere in their attempts to contact them.