Update on Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCMA) in Ontario, Canada.
The current situation in Ontario:
Practice of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is not regulated in Ontario at the present time. There is no officially established standard for requirements of education/training or professional competency. The educational background of the practitioners range from weekend courses to full time formal medical school education (5 to 11 years).
The Government's Commitment:
The Ontario government has committed to working with practitioners on the creation of a self-financing, regulatory college that would establish professional standards for the practice of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture as indicated by the Health Minister Tony Clement in his Throne Speech in April 2001.
The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) has submitted is advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on the regulation of TCMA in 2001 and has recommended that these practitioners be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) by a new College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners of Ontario. For more information: http://www.hprac.org/downloads//acupuncture1996/Acc_App_E.pdf
The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is a unique health system regulatory model. The objective of RHPA is to safeguard the public, while ensuring consumer choice and access as well as practitioner accountability, by defining the scope of practice, controlled acts and protected titles for appropriate health professions.
The Advisory Committee on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has been established in 2003 to provide advice to the ministry on a framework by which to regulate TCMA and related issues.
The established and recognized standards for TCMA practitioners in North America:
Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
|College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist
|National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
For more information please contact:
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Integrated Policy and Planning
Executive Director's Office
8 th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1R3.
Tel: (416) 327-7261
Fax: (416) 327-5109
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