By Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline
Published: 17:53 GMT, 13 February 2020 | Updated: 17:55 GMT, 13 February 2020
A Government watchdog has warned homeopaths that they must stop practising so-called treatments for autism, but the NHS director wants the 'quack' practitioners struck off completely.
The Society of Homeopaths have been given a three month deadline to withdraw advertising for bogus 'cures' for autism.
The Professional Standards Authority today said it would only renew the societies accreditation on those grounds.
However, NHS national medical director Stephen Powis has urged for a blanket ban on the practitioners - who have a reputation for offering debunked 'alternative' treatments.
A Government watchdog has warned homeopaths that they must stop advertising so-called treatments for autism as the medical director of the NHS said the 'quack' practitioners should be banned all together
Last year, the PSA faced criticism for accrediting The Society of Homeopaths for a fifth year running, despite some of its members practising CEASE therapy.
The Good Thinking Society, a charity that promotes rational scepticism, said the PSA - which oversees medical organisations - had failed to safeguard the welfare of autistic children.
The High Court gave the green light for a judicial review of the decision, with a decision due to be heard on March 18.
PSA said today it would once more renew the accreditation for 2020 - subject to the condition it stops offering and advertising CEASE therapy.
NHS national medical director Stephen Powis said the homeopaths 'should not be issuing medical advice, full stop'
CEASE relies on the false notion that autism is caused by vaccines, and supposedly involves the removal of 'toxic imprints' in a child through vitamin C and zinc supplements, among other unproven fixes.
Experts stress autism is not a 'disease' that is caused by environment substances, medicine or vaccines, and that CEASE - which stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression - has no scientific credibility.
The foundations of CEASE also suggests protecting children from autism by avoiding microwaves, antibiotics and bread.
Such bogus information is at the forefront of public health bodies' concerns, alongside rife myths about the unproven dangers of vaccinations.
'Specific reference must be made to the society's position forbidding the practice of CEASE and dietary/nutritional supplements,' a statement from the PSA said.
Commenting on the PSA decision today, NHS medical director Mr Powis has encouraged a tougher approach.
He said: 'Taking homeopathic remedies, instead of evidence-based, effective and scientific advice – particularly on lifesaving interventions like measles vaccines – risks sending well-meaning parents down a path that puts them and their children at great risk.
'It's absolutely right that homeopaths should be banned from advertising quack remedies for autism, but frankly this is not enough and they should not be issuing medical advice, full stop.'
As well as forbidding the use of the therapy, the PSA said that homeopaths should stop suggesting homeopathy is a substitute for vaccines - and should instead refer all