Guidance for Registrants

Advertising Guidance

In response to an identified need, CNHC has developed detailed Advertising Guidance for registrants.

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) Copy Advice Team provides a free advice service and will check advertising claims prior to publication – usually within 24 hours (please ensure you leave ample time between seeking advice and amending your advertising prior to publication). They can be contacted through the CAP website.

Additional helpful information and advice on advertising is also available on the Advertising Standards Authority website.

We recommend that all CNHC registrants use the wording for your discipline that we have agreed with CAPDescriptors.

CNHC Guidance on the Cancer Act 1939

CNHC has also produced guidance about advertising in relation to the Cancer Act 1939 and we recommend that all CNHC registered practitioners read this: CNHC Guidance - Cancer Act 1939

Guidance for CNHC Registrants on Vaccinations

CNHC registrants must abide by CNHC's Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance. Section D1 of the Code, Knowing your own limits, states:
You must recognise and work within the limits of your own knowledge, skills and competence.

CNHC registrants are reminded that if clients raise questions about vaccinations, they must be advised to contact their GP.

Read CNHC's Statement on Vaccinations..

Clear Sexual Boundaries

Other relevant sources of guidance on the responsibilities of all healthcare practitioners include the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now the Professional Standards Authority).  Please click here to see an example: Clear Sexual Boundaries

Data Protection Guidance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. GDPR applies to all CNHC registrants because you hold and use personal data about your clients. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the source of all the information and guidance you’ll need to ensure you’ll be complying with the relevant GDPR requirements. 

Guidance on the Duty of Candour

Click here for the guidance on the Duty of Candour

Declaring unspent convictions

Click here for the guidance on declaring unspent convictions
Pages 4 to 6 provide information about how long it takes for a caution or conviction to be spent. 


CNHC London Boroughs Special Treatment Exempted Status

CNHC has been granted exempted status by the London Special Treatment Group for CNHC registered therapists working in London Boroughs. This means that any CNHC registered complementary therapist wishing to open premises in London will be eligible for a license exemption. Find out more here.


HMRC Support and Guidance:

Links to webinars, e-learning, emails and videos:


Research Guidance:

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) advances public education through the promotion of research into complementary medicine.

Click here for information on research findings for complementary therapies

Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance

The CNHC Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance provides guidance and advice to help registrants meet the requirements and there are links to more information.