Art Therapy is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) along with nursing and social workers. As well as reassuring the public that practitioners are working within a regulatory system which is monitored by an impartial governmental institution, the HCPC also provides clarification to the public and professional registered members, of the practitioner standards of knowledge, skills and expertise which define the specific role, requirements and expectations of an art therapist. In order to ensure that skills and knowledge are maintained the HCPC also require practitioners to maintain and update their practice in relation to these standards.

Art therapists are registered and accountable to their board of ethics, The British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT) and/or UKCP registered.