CMIR Membership Categories

CMIR Membership Categories There are three main groups of CMIR members - those accredited to practice Chinese medicine, those who are affliated with CMIR but not accredited to practice, and fellows and honorary members.

Accredited Members


All CMIR accredited members have completed a degree or diploma in Chinese medicine and acupuncture from a recognised professional training institution. They are required to complete 90 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) every 3 years, of which at least 36 hours must be from attending, teaching or participating in CMIR accredited courses and events and 18 hours attending practical or clinical training. Please click here to see the full requirements for reaccreditation. Accredited membership costs £80 per year and is subject to renewal on an annual basis. Members may hold specialist membership in addition to their accredited membership, in which case one renewal fee will cover both memberships.


There are four types of accredited membership:


  • Accredited Membership

Accredited members are qualified doctors and healthcare professionals, who have completed a degree or diploma in Chinese medicine and acupuncture from a recognised professional training institution, for example the CMIR Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Accredited members are accredited to practice Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and powdered herbal medicine. 


  • Chinese Medicine Physician

Chinese Medicine Physicians are members who have graduated from a Chinese medical university in China, such as Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicine Physician members are accredited to practice Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and raw herbal medicine.


  • Specialist Accredited Membership

Specialist members are qualified doctors and healthcare professionals, who have completed a degree or diploma in Chinese medicine and acupuncture from a recognised professional training institution. In addition, they have completed further training in either Chinese herbal medicine through the CMIR Specialist Postgraduate Diploma of Chinese Herbal Materia Medica and Prescription, or Chinese cosmetology through the CMIR Specialist Postgraduate Diploma of Cosmetic Acupuncture and Chinese Cosmetology. They may refer to themselves as specialists in either the area of Chinese herbal medicine or Chinese cosmetology. Specialist accredited members are accredited to practice Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and powdered herbal medicine, as well as raw herbal medicine or Chinese cosmetology. 


  • Herbal Prescriber Membership

Herbal prescriber members are qualified doctors and healthcare professionals, who have completed a course in Chinese medicial theories, diagnosis and syndrome differentiation and the CMIR Herbal Prescriber Certificate. Herbal prescriber members are accredited to prescribe powdered herbal medicine.


Affliated Members


  • Associate Membership

Associate members are qualified doctors and healthcare professionals, who have completed a basic level of training in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, for example attending the CMIR foundation course. Many associate members are not currently practising, retired or living overseas, but still wish to maintain their interest in Chinese medicine. Associate members may attend CPD courses but are not required to comply with the CMIR reaccreditation requirements. They are not accredited by CMIR to practice Chinese medicine. Associate membership costs £20 per year and is subject to renewal on an annual basis.


  • Student Membership

Student members are qualified doctors and healthcare professionals, who are currently studying Chinese medicine and acupuncture at a recognised professional training institution. There are strict conditions governing the circumstances in which student members can practice Chinese medicine. Student members may attend CPD courses but are not required to comply with the CMIR reaccreditation requirements. They are not accredited by CMIR to practice Chinese medicine. Student membership costs £20 per year and is subject to renewal on an annual basis. Upon successful completion of their course, students are welcome to apply for accredited membership.


Fellows and Honorary Members


Fellowship is the highest class of CMIR membership and is a mark of advanced professional standing and distinction through academic achievement, research or outstanding contributions to Chinese medicine. Fellows must have been accredited members of CMIR for at least three years before being nominated. Fellows are accredited by CMIR to practice Chinese medicine and must comply with the reaccreditation requirements.


Honorary members are persons, who have made significant contributions to the field of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, for example through academic achievement. A full list of honorary members can be found on the CMIR Administration page.


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