Independent quality mark for homeopaths

The Society of Homeopaths’ voluntary register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, which is accountable to Parliament. Patients and the public can have confidence in the Society of Homeopaths’ voluntary register which has been vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority.

Practitioners on the Society of Homeopaths’ register will be able to display the Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards.

Miranda Parsons, Chair of the Society of Homeopaths said:

“We are thrilled that the Society’s register has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority. For over 35 years we have focused on high standards in the education and practice of homeopathy. The quality mark will give patients extra peace of mind by demonstrating that anyone who holds the mark is committed to high standards and professionalism. The Society is pleased to offer the quality mark to practitioners that meet the far reaching standards of our register, as approved by the Professional Standards Authority.”

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:

“We are pleased to accredit the Society of Homeopaths’ register of practitioners. Bringing practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients and the public and is the best way to promote quality.  The scheme supports choice, offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment.”

Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the Society of Homeopaths. It does not mean that the Authority has endorsed a particular approach or therapy; the public and employers will need to consider the information provided and decide if it is suitable for them. Accreditation means that the Society of Homeopaths’ register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information.

As the scheme develops, accredited registers will encompass a wide range of occupations and organisations, and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation, as it did for complementary therapists last year. Further information on the accredited voluntary register scheme is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk