Acupuncture Accreditation

The Acupuncture Accreditation Board of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association (HKPA) was established in 1999 with the intent to uphold the standard of acupuncture practice by physiotherapists and to assure related quality of service delivered to clients.

The Acupuncture Accreditation Board is composed of the following members (subject to regular review):

  • President of the HKPA;
  • Chairperson or member of the Professional Development Subcommittee;
  • Chairperson or member of the Executive Committee of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Specialty Group (AIMSG);
  • Academic representative of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU); and
  • Expert clinician(s) in acupuncture.

Criteria for Accreditation

The following criteria are adopted by the Acupuncture Accreditation Board for the accreditation of registered physiotherapists of Hong Kong for acupuncture practice – documented proof of:
  • Successful accomplishment of formal acupuncture training by registered training organizations;
  • Total training hours not less than 80 hours (lecture and practical);
  • Practical clinical training hours not less than 20% of the total training hours;
  • Assessment in form of formal written examination and practical evaluation of competency.

Application Procedures

  1. The Application Form for Acupuncture Accreditation can be downloaded from HERE.
    The applicant should complete the application form together with the following copies of documents sent to the Acupuncture Accreditation Board, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association Limited, Room 901, 9/F, Rightful Centre, No. 12 Tak Hing Street, Jordan, Kowloon.
    • Membership proof of Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association (for HKPA members) and
    • membership proof of AIMSG (for AIMSG members);
    • Certificate of registration in the Hong Kong Physiotherapists Board;
    • Certificate of completion of acupuncture training;
    • Supporting documents of the total contact hours, practical hours, formal written examination and practical evaluation (e.g. PolyU transcript, training logbook record).
  2. Acknowledgement receipt of application will be sent to the applicant via email. Incomplete submission of the above copies will cause a delay in the handling and approval of the application. The applicant should make sure that enough postage is put on the envelope sent to the Acupuncture Accreditation Board; otherwise the post will be returned to the applicant or kept in the central post office. The HKPA will not bear the responsibility to collect the post from the central post office and to pay the unpaid postage for the applicant.
  3. Handling charges for application for acupuncture accreditation (non‐refundable):
    • HKPA member – HK$120
    • HKPA & AIMSG member – HK$60
    • Non‐HKPA member – HK$800
  4. Those who have lost the certificate of acupuncture accreditation can contact the Acupuncture Accreditation Board for a re‐issue of the certificate. A “(re‐issued)” will be added on the new certificate issued. The handling charges for the re‐issue of certificate will be:
    • HKPA member – HK$120
    • HKPA & AIMSG member – HK$60
    • Non‐HKPA member – HK$800
  5. Payment should be sent with a crossed cheque payable to “Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association Limited”. The applicant should write down the name, contact telephone number,and “Acupuncture Accreditation” at the back of the cheque.
  6. Applicant who is not a member of the HKPA should apply for the membership of HKPA with documented proof before submitting the application for acupuncture accreditation, if s/he would like to pay the handling charge as a member of HKPA.

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