Quality Assurance Validation Scheme
The Homeopathy Course Providers Forum (HCPF) operates a Quality Assurance Validation Scheme (QAVS), a system whereby Homeopathy courses are recognised for their standards of education and training related to the National Occupational Standards (NOS). The School of Homeopathy has had QAVS accreditation since 2012.
This recognition scheme is not designed for ‘short’ courses in homeopathy. Only courses designed to develop safe, competent professional homeopathic practitioners may enter the recognition process of the QAVS which, when successfully completed, allows them to claim full QA status with the HCPF.
For the profession of homeopathy, the education of practitioners is the future and it is important that course providers are accountable. The QAVS helps to ensure that courses provide adequate opportunities for a thorough training, meet the criteria of the National Occupational Standards for Homeopathy and achieve an educational standard equivalent to Level 6 in higher education (this is the level of a university degree course).
Assuring a high standard of educational provision for future homeopaths benefits the student homeopath, the profession of homeopathy and the wider public, who are the users and ultimate beneficiaries of Homeopathy.
Homeopathy is a self-regulated profession with high standards. There are several registers listing professional homeopaths and each register sets a code of ethics, standards and requirements to practice. Registered homeopaths are insured and undergo continued professional development.