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Compulsory additional recognition requirements

The following requirements are compulsory for all Bupa Recognised Natural Therapists.

  1. Private Practice

    Bupa Recognised Providers are required to be in private practice. The Bupa definition of private practice for the purposes of the Bupa Recognition Criteria is as follows:

    "Private practice means that the person is self employed and solely responsible for their own operating cost, sick leave, annual leave etc, and that their income is primarily derived from the fee to patient/client for services rendered, at that practice.

    Where a provider practices in conjunction with other providers, they can be deemed to be in private practice providing that the income of that group is derived from fees received from patients/clients of the practice. The group or individual practitioner is not funded or contracted to any public or private authority except for the payment to that authority for rent of premises"
  2. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

    Demonstrate participation in Continuing Professional Education, aiming to maintain practical and theoretical skills in areas directly related to the chosen field of practice by completing a minimum of 20 CPE points per annum. (1 point = 1 hour)
  3. Professional Indemnity Insurance1

    The provider must supply evidence confirming possession of a current Professional Indemnity Insurance policy. The professional indemnity insurance policy must cover each practice and each modality covered by the registration.

    The provider’s Professional Indemnity Insurance policy must cover a minimum of $2,000,000 per claim unless otherwise specified by Bupa or required by a national registration board. i.e. Where applicable, you must meet all standards required by a national registration board; as in the case of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, which require a minimum $5,000,000 per claim.

    NB: Professional Indemnity, Product Liability and Legal Liability insurance requirements may vary for traditional therapy providers. Traditional therapy providers should refer to: for further information.
  4. Senior First Aid certificate

    Possession of a current Senior/Workplace First Aid certificate or equivalent
  5. Full membership2

    Be a full member of a relevant provider Association, which meets the requirements set out in the Bupa Accreditation Requirements for Professional Associations. Student membership is not acceptable

1 For Optical Dispensers, public risk/liability insurance for not less than $10,000,000 per claim covering liability owed to another person who suffers loss or damage by reason of the Optical Dispenser and product liability type insurance for not less than $5,000,000 per claim covering any damage or personal injury to any person, arising from any negligence or other defect in respect of any items produced and/or acquired, and dispensed by the Optical Dispenser

2 The association are those that have agreed to supply Bupa with electronic address details of their members who meet the Bupa Recognition Criteria and have agreed to abide by the Bupa Ancillary Provider Terms.

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