The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) fosters and monitors high quality educational standards, so that the general public can be assured that graduates from BAAB-accredited programmes are knowledgeable, reflective, competent and safe acupuncture practitioners.
BAAB accredited course providers offer a final award threshold at Level 6 which represents 360 credits. Typically, this equates to a Bachelor’s degree with honours. Individual course providers may call their award a licentiate, diploma or degree in acupuncture according to their circumstances.
The BAAB is independent, and has transparent, rigorous and comprehensive accreditation processes. Accreditation of teaching institutions is an important way in which a profession can demonstrate its maturity, its capacity for effective self regulation and its public accountability.
In November 2000 the House of Lord’s Science and Technology1 committee commended the acupuncture profession for the establishment of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. It commented that "establishing an independent accreditation board along the lines of the BAAB is a positive move. Other therapies with fragmented professional representation may wish to use this as a model.”
1 House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Sixth Report, 21 November 2000, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.