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The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) is the UK  Federal Regulator for Compementary Therapies.

CTC belongs to GRCCT.

Regulation and registration of complementary therapists in the UK is voluntary self-regulation. This means that there are no laws in place to protect the public from unqualified or incompetent therapists. For the past ten years and in accordance with recent government recommendations, the various professional associations in each therapy have been working together to agree standards and requirements for each type of complementary therapy.

When these criteria had been set the next stage was to put in place an overarching independent regulator to establish a national register and protect the public by validating the status of all registered therapists. This is a role of the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT).

The Health and Social Care Bill was passed in 2022. GRCCT are trying to ensure that complementary therapies are sensibly categorised by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The scope of complementary therapies needs to be understood and roughly follows the categorisation of the House of Lords work in 1995:

Category one - herbal medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy etc now have statutory regulation.

Cateogory two - Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy Body work therapies , including massage and shiatsu-therapies that use rubbing, kneading and pressure to alleviate aches, pains and musculo-skeletal problems, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Meditation, Yoga - these have all been left, so far, to self-regulate.

​Category three - Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, Crystal therapies, Iridology, Dowsing.

Therapies in Category two are now being scrutinised by the PSA.


Practitioner Registers

As a register of schools, CTC itself does not hold a practitioner register. However practitioners trained  by CTC schools are eligible to go onto the practitioner register of the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT)

How to get onto the GRCCT Practitioner Register:

You will need:


1.The title of your qualifications or award (example: IEB Dip)
2.The year in which you qualified
3.The name of the professional organisation that trained you or to which you belong
4.The registration number issued to you by the professional association*
5.For online registration fee payment you will require a valid Credit or Debit Card



Registration Fee £35 for initial therapy plus £5 for each subsequent therapy

Registration page here:

* Registration Number

This is found on your diploma.



​For CTC schools  this number will be 'CTCP' followed by a two digit number that identifies the school, then by a three or four digit number that identifies you, the diploma holder.

For example: CTCP04005

If you can't find the number, please contact us direct:

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