The Regulator regulates the practice of Reiki (and other therapies/disciplines), primarily to protect the public. There are currently two Regulatory Bodies accepting registration from practitioners of 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 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. General Medical Council (GMC) Guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.
CNHC has agreed that the UK Reiki Federation may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark.
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, 130kb)
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.
The GRCCT Website is: www.grcct.org