A national independent regulator will now look out for patients in search of aromatherapy treatments, it has been announced.

Aromatherapists can register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC), with members required to meet minimum standards of qualification and experience, as well as abide by a code of practice.

And patients who have complaints about the standard of care or professionalism experienced when visiting aromatherapists will also be able to turn to the council.

Practitioners of reflexology, yoga therapy and Reiki will be asked to join the voluntary regulator later this year, joining nutritional therapists, massage therapists, and now aromatherapists.

–Campden Publishing Limited, London, England, May 6