Reiki Voluntary Self-Regulation

Reiki Regulatory Work Group

The Reiki Regulatory Work Group was set up to represent the Reiki community in the process of self-regulation for Reiki. The Government has agreed to allow every complementary therapy to develop it's own standards and codes of conduct for both practitioners and teachers. The Government will only work with one body for each therapy, so the relevant associations for each therapy were formed into Regulatory Work Groups for their particular therapy. The Reiki Regulatory Work Group is made up of representatives of as many of the Reiki associations and Reiki styles that were interested in participating (as long as they had more than 100 members) along with lay members (interested members of the public).

The stated aims of the RRWG are:

• To work towards Voluntary Self-Regulation (VSR)

• To develop standards for all Reiki groups, allowing for differences in styles

• To arrive at a definition of Reiki acceptable to all

• Prepare a safe code of professional practice of Reiki, to include disciplinary and complaints procedures

• To develop Minimum Standards

• To set up a national register of Reiki Practitioners and Teachers

In 2008 the RRWG was renamed the Reiki Council (RC) and is described as "the lead advisory body for professional Reiki practitioners in the UK"

National Occupational Standards Group

The stated aim of this project is to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Reiki. The NOS group was made up of representatives of the main Reiki associations and Reiki styles along with representatives of the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health. The project is funded, managed and facilitated by project managers from Skills for Health. I was part of the original NOS group.

Skills for Health was established in April 2002 and is supported by the four UK health departments, the independent and voluntary health sectors and staff organisations. Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for health.

The NOS group had been meeting regularly since the early part of 2004. Our purpose was to develop standards of practice for Reiki that are acceptable to all the committee members and in line with Skills for Health guidelines. The standards are in the form of competencies and the underpinning knowledge associated with each competency. From these competencies and knowledge templates the Educational Sub Group will develop the core curriculum and qualification and assessment structure for Reiki. We used the standard templates developed by Skills for Health and adjusted them to fit with the committee members perceptions of good Reiki practice. This has proved to be quite challenging at times! Trying to define good practice and be inclusive of all the different styles of Reiki was difficult, but we did manage it.

In October 2004 the draft National Occupational Standards were circulated for consultation amongst the Reiki community. Roadshows were held around the country and the documents were put on various websites. The feedback was collated and we had the final review meeting in early February 2005 to discuss and agree the final draft, taking into account the feedback we had received.

Educational Sub Group

The Educational Sub Group was set up by the Reiki Council to develop a draft core curriculum alongside the Reiki National Occupational Standards (NOS). The core curriculum has been developed ann completed. Amendments have been made to the core curriculum over the years.


The NOS have been revised and simplified greatly. The draft NOS underwent a field trial in 2009. Reiki practitioners and teachers were given the opportunity to provide their feedback during the trial.

As of February 2009, the situation with regards to registration was as follows:

Reiki practitioners can register with The General Regulatory Council For Complementary Therapies (GRCCT). There are two methods of registration, one for members of recognised Reiki associations and one for non-members. Once a practitioner has registered, they will be allowed 36 months to reach the level of competence required by NOS. The NOS documents are available on the Skills For Health website in the Competence section under Completed Competences. In addition, practitioners are required to undertake CPD. Evidence of ongoing CPD will be required to maintain registration.

In the summer of 2012 Reiki practitioners were able to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The CNHC register was due to open on 14th May 2012. The registration process will be by application to one of the verifying bodies and will be via one of two entry methods:

1. An applicant can complete a verified course. At present there only a small number of verified courses, and there is some discussion regarding the validity of these courses.

2. An applicant can be verified. The primary method for this, and the one approved by the Reiki Council is a written and practical assessment. This ensures the applicant has the knowledge and practical skills to work to the professional standard required by NOS.

The CNHC website will have details of the verifying bodies on their website in due course. At present verified courses teach the NOS, but from September, verified courses will need to be set to the Reiki Core Curriculum.

Our Level 1 and 2 courses teach to the required standard for NOS, and prepare students for the Reiki Council written and practical assessment.

As of April 2014 the CNHC along with the Reiki PSB (I am part of the Reiki PSB) will develop a CNHC Core Curriculum for Reiki. Once this is completed, applicants may be verified by completing a course verified as teaching the CNHC core curriculum or by meeting the requirements of the Reiki NOS and the CNHC Core Curriculum. The process for applicants will be the same as above, what will change are the written and practical assessments to ensure they are mapped to the CNHC Core Curriculum.

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