The British Medical Acupuncture Society was formed in 1980 as an association of medical practitioners interested in acupuncture. Since 2002, membership has been open to most statutory regulated healthcare professionals. In 2017 this was extended to healthcare professionals who are voluntary regulated, provided the regulator is overseen by the PSA and the professional body considers acupuncture with the scope of practice. There are now over 1,900 members who use acupuncture in primary or secondary care settings.
The first International Training Centre is established in India at HEAL Paradise and is registered as a society under Societies Registration Act 35 of 2001.
The BMAS promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox medical diagnosis by suitably trained practitioners.
The BMAS is a registered charity established to stimulate and promote the use and scientific understanding of acupuncture as part of the practice of medicine for the public benefit.
It seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners, and to promote high standards of working practices in acupuncture among such practitioners, by means of tests, examinations, and accreditation procedures.