COVID-19 advice for Registrants: Preparing to return to work and working safely

This advice will help you to follow government guidance on returning to work and working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.


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 CAP: Descriptors

Find out more here


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. Please click here to view a copy: 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.

You can find the guidance here.


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. Click here for further information


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        


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Click here for changes to Disclosure Scotland criminal record check procedures   


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.