Joining the RCHM

Become a Member of the RCHM

Becoming a member of our organisation means you'll join a lively and supportive network of over 450 practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and enables you to access a range of specialist benefits, including CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and the opportunity to access audited supplies for your herbal medicines via our Approved Suppliers Scheme. In addition, membership means you'll have a dedicated profile page on our searchable register, offering prospective patients an easy way to find you and your services online.

Cost of full membership

£350 per year (see below for details of our New Practitioners scheme, which offers a discount on this cost)

Membership requirements

To become a full member of the RCHM you need to have a degree-level qualification in Chinese Herbal Medicine from a UK educational institution that's been independently accredited by the EHTPA (European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association). If you graduated from an institution that hasn't been accredited by the EHTPA, or were educated overseas, your qualifications and level of training and experience will need to be assessed by members of the RCHM Council in an interview. For details of EHTPA accredited institutions and courses, please see Training in CHM – this is also where you'll find details of student membership of the RCHM


Friend of RCHM

If you belong to an affiliated profession, have benefitted from CHM or simply have an interest in finding out more, we warmly invite you to support our work by Becoming a Friend of the RCHM. Friend Membership costs £36 per annum.


Benefits of being an RCHM member

  • An individual profile page on the RCHM's register that can be found via an easy online search: a photo, personal statement and tick-box list of specialisms that make it easy to see who you are and what you can offer patients
  • The opportunity to formalise professional learning via our mandatory Continuing Professional Development programme; for more details, contact the office
  • Invitations and reduced entry to all RCHM events and celebration days, including the RCHM annual conference
  • Access to the RCHM Practitioner Share Group on Facebook: a safe and supportive online space in which you can ask questions, and share ideas and knowledge about any aspect of CHM
  • Automatic sign up to the RCHM's email newsletter with up-to-date content tailored for practitioners
  • Information on the latest research relating to Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Free subscription to the RCHM Journal: a twice-yearly digest of CHM's most interesting work, books and people
  • Regular news about the RCHM Chinese Herb Garden in Bristol
  • Access to invaluable information about sourcing high-quality ingredients via the Approved Suppliers Scheme
  • Access to a reduced rate on professional insurance cover via Balens' block-insurance scheme for RCHM practitioners

New Practitioners Scheme

We know that the period just after you finish your studies can be both exciting and daunting. So the RCHM has created a programme specifically to support new graduates of courses in CHM from colleges that have been accredited by the EHTPA (we also welcome enquiries from people who have recently achieved qualifications they feel are of an equivalent standard). Benefits include a significant reduction on the costs of the first two years of membership of the RCHM, the opportunity to join a flexible professional development scheme, and guidance when needed on the specifics of CHM treatments and more general matters relating to practice, including conducting research and marketing your business. Please contact the RCHM office for more details.