There are currently no laws regulating the practice of Chinese herbal medicine in the UK, and anyone is entitled to set up as a herbalist. It is also not a legal requirement to belong to a lead body, and it is quite possible to get insurance to practice without belonging to one.
However, it is good practice to belong to a lead body, and if we as practitioners support the RCHM, this both gives our profession greater strength, and gives us as individuals support for our own practice and access to the wider Chinese herbal medicine community.
As such, SCCH has entered the EHTPA accreditation process. We hope that, in due course, our graduates will enjoy the automatic entry to the RCHM that accreditation confers. It is, however, already possible for our graduates to apply to join the RCHM as individuals, and we can support you through this process should you choose to do this.