The AFPA (Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association) is the longest established independent professional register of acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ireland. The AFPA was established in 1987 and is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of a Register of Acupuncturists who work within the guidelines set out in 2006 by the Department of Health and Children. Our members are graduates from many Colleges in Ireland and abroad and all are bound by a Code of Ethics and Practice which is strictly enforced by the AFPA.


Practitioners may be added to the AFPA register following success at our interview process. Each registered practitioner has completed a minimum of 3 years training in the theory, practice and clinical aspects of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, as well as the study of orthodox Medical Sciences, pathology, anatomy and physiology, thereby ensuring safe and effective practice. Many members have completed clinical placements in hospitals in China. It is a requirement of the AFPA that members hold Professional and Public Liability Insurance Cover and are therefore approved by Vhi Healthcare, Irish Life Health, Laya Healthcare, HSF and other health insurance companies.

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Chairperson - Deirdre Murphy

Membership Committee
  • Stephanie Davis
Education Committee
  • Concepta Corbett - Chairperson
  • Bernadette Ward
  • Deirdre Murphy
Ethics Committee
  • Sean Hooper - Chairperson
  • Sean Murphy
Internal Governance Committee
  • Caroline McHugh - Chairperson
  • Kathleen Dowd
  • Concepta Corbett
  • Caroline McHugh
  • Kathleen Dowd

Our Team

Deirdre Murphy
Deirdre Murphy

Fiona Jennings
Fiona Jennings

Kathleen Dowd
Kathleen Dowd

Events Committee

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy

Lay Representative