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Physiotherapists exempt from laser registration

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The CSP has won its long-fought battle to exempt physiotherapists from having to register to use class 3b lasers

The Department of Health has this week accepted that independent healthcare practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council will not need to register with the National Care Standards Commission to use class 3B lasers. Both bodies come into effect on April 1, 2002.

'The Society has been campaigning for many years to have physiotherapists exempt from the registration,' said Pen Robinson, director of professional affairs. 'Many physios in the private sector have not been using the technique due to the high registration fees demanded', said Pen. 'Hopefully this decision will make this beneficial treatment available to a wider number of patients.'

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Notes for editors

1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 38,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth largest health profession after medicine, nursing and midwifery.

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