The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has issued a legal order that an organisation linked to a controversial alternative medicine practice used to treat cancer must stop misrepresenting itself as a charity.
The regulator was given a business card for Peter Campbell of an organisation known as Campbell’s Ozone Therapy Trust, which referred to the organisation as a "registered cancer charity".
Because there is no such charity on the Scottish charity register, the regulator concluded that Campbell was misrepresenting the organisation as a charity.
The OSCR issued Campbell a legal direction on 11 April to stop misrepresenting the trust as a charity. Under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, failure to comply with such an order can result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a maximum of six months in prison.
Campbell’s Ozone Therapy Trust would appear to have no website or online presence and is not registered at Companies House, nor is it registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. A spokeswoman for the commission said it did not appear to have received any complaints about such an organisation.
A website apparently belonging to Campbell and outlining his life and religious beliefs does exist, although emails sent by Third Sector to an address given on this page were returned as undeliverable.
Ozone therapy is the administration of ozone to a patient through various methods for treatment of various health conditions. An "important note for legal purposes" on the website of Ozone Therapy, a clinic in west London offering various ozone procedures, says: "Though we will be glad to assess and supervise sessions aimed at improving your wellbeing, we do not 'treat', or aim to 'cure' disease."