Hundreds of groups promoting complementary and alternative medicine could lose their charitable status under recommendations being considered by the regulator.
The Charity Commission is reviewing how it judges the “public benefit” of alternative therapies after allegations that some groups are promoting dangerous or useless treatments.
A public consultation was prompted by the threat of a judicial review of the regulator’s handling of complaints about alternative therapies by the Good Thinking Society, which campaigns against “irrationality and pseudoscience”.
It has raised concern about charities offering alternative therapies including homeopathy for people with HIV in Africa, the use of dangerous chemicals on cancer patients and groups opposed to the vaccination of children.
The society has recommended that groups should only be given charitable status if the therapies…