Letter and Petition needs URGENT action – 3rd August 2023

There has been a proposed change to the CNH1 which is part of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for complementary therapists. There are two main standards in the NOS which are CNH1 and CNH2. There are then sub standards in categories such as acupuncture. The proposed change is similar to what has happened in the PSA in that they wish to insert “Comply with the Advertising Standards Authority Non-Broadcast Code of Advertising and section 4 of the Cancer Act 1939”. Whilst we are happy to comply with the law and not mislead clients in advertising we do not wish to be gagged or told what we can say or not say buy a private company who has no expertise in our field and who has questionable funding from big pharma, food, etc.

Should this change be made; it would mean that to be deemed ‘competent’ a practitioner in ANY discipline would need their promotion and advertising not to adhere to the law directly but to an interpretation of the law made by a voluntary code defined and controlled by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

At the choosing of the ASA, this change can have a significant impact on your ability to advertise your services, obtain insurance, obtain a Special Treatment Licence, or defend yourself in court.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is a private company financed by a voluntary levy on advertising. It is not regulated and has no government oversight. The ASA is free to change its’ interpretation without consultation or input from the profession.


Deadline for submissions is August 13th.