Other Regulations & Guidelines 

1. Prohibited Appellation

In order to enable the public to distinguish between those who are professionally qualified and those who are not, the law makes it a criminal offence for anyone who does not hold the relevant qualification to use any of the titles specified hereunder or to use any other title or description which suggests or implies that he or she is on the statutory register of the persons who hold those qualifications. The titles are Chemist, Chiropodist, Dental Practitioner, Dental Surgeon, Dentist, Dietitian, Doctor, Druggist, General Practitioner, Medical Laboratory Technician, Midwife, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Optician, Orthoptist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Radiographer, Remedial Gymnast, Surgeon, Veterinary Practitioner, Veterinary Surgeon. It need hardly be said that a Reiki Practitioner must scrupulously avoid the foregoing titles unless of course he/she is additionally qualified in any of the fields concerned when he/she is entitled to use the appropriate description.

2. Fraudulent Mediumship

The law provides that anyone who:

  1. with intent to deceive, purports to act as a spiritualistic medium or to exercise any power of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers or,
  2. in purporting to act as a spiritualistic medium, or to exercise the powers mentioned in (a) above, uses any fraudulent device, is guilty of an offence.

3. Premises

  1. When carrying on a trade, business or profession from any premises an individual must ensure that their working conditions and facilities to which members of the public have access are suitable and comply with all legislation.
  2. In the case of Reiki Practitioners using their own homes as a base for their practice, in addition to complying with national legislation for any therapy they practise, they should check on any local authority by-laws covering their practice as these vary considerably throughout the country.
  3. Reiki Practitioners working from home should give special attention to insurance, the terms of their lease or other title deeds, and any local government regulations limiting such practice or under which he/she may be liable to pay business rates.
  4. Practitioners should check that their home insurance covers them for working as a Practitioner from home.
  5. If staff are employed on the premises, Practitioners must pay equal attention in this area.

4. Advertising

  1. The law makes it an offence to take part in the publication of any advertisement referring to any article or any description in terms which are calculated to lead to the use of that article for the purpose of treating human beings for any of the following diseases: Bright’s Disease, Glaucoma, Cataract, Locomotor Ataxy, Diabetes, Paralysis, Epilepsy or fits, Tuberculosis.
  2. It is also an offence to publish any advertisement which:
    • offers to treat or prescribe a remedy or advice for cancer, or
    • refers to any article calculated to lead to its use in the treatment of cancer.
  3. At all times advertising should comply with standards laid down by the British Code of Advertising Practice and meet the requirements of the Advertising Standards Authority.

5. Guidelines for dealing with Clients expressing suicidal feelings.

a) The legal position
It is not against the law for an individual to commit suicide or to attempt to commit suicide (Suicide Act 1961) However, the law states that anyone either a professional or lay person can be charged with the offence of aiding and abetting a suicide in the following circumstances:

  • If they actively assist a suicide.
  • If they are aware of someone’s decision to attempt suicide and do not inform an appropriate professional, e.g. the general practitioner, hospital psychiatrist or approved social worker.

b) UK Reiki Federation’s position

Legal obligation
Each individual has his or her own beliefs about the acceptability of suicide as a choice in someone’s life. However, in our role as UK Reiki Federation members, we are bound by law. This means that practitioners should never help a client to end their life or fail to take appropriate action to prevent a suicidal act.

c) Confidentiality
A threat of suicide constitutes an exceptional circumstance where confidentiality has to be reviewed. It is always better to get the client’s consent to break confidentiality and to keep the information disclosed to the minimum. If however you cannot secure your client’s consent you are still under legal obligation to seek other help and this should be explained to the client. It is vital you make clear to the client that the minimum of information will be disclosed to other relevant professionals. For example, it is not always essential to reveal their medical status or the circumstances which may make the client feel such despair. It is usually sufficient to state you are concerned for their safety because you believe they are at risk of committing suicide.