Legislation to be introduced this fall according to Smitherman
July 14, 2005
Legislation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is expected to be introduced this fall – Minister Smitherman indicated.
Toronto, Ontario – The Province of Ontario is close to introducing legislation that would see Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCMA) regulated under new Ministry of Health and Long Term Care legislation. A commitment made by the Ontario Liberals during the 2003 election campaign, the announcement is expected during the fall session of provincial parliament.
Health Minister George Smitherman's letter to Councilor Olivia Chow dated June 27, 2005 has indicated that: “The regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is an important priority for our government…… we have appointed Mr. Tony Wong and 3 other MPP's to hold consultations with the public to determine the best and safest way to regulate this important practice. Their report is expected to be presented to me in the next few weeks. This report will help inform legislation that is expected to be introduces this fall on the regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Passage of this legislation will fulfill an important commitment of this government made during the previous election.”
Ontario will be following in the footsteps of some of its provincial counterparts. Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec took steps to regulate TCMA in the 1990's. These provinces require Chinese Medicine and/or Acupuncture practitioners meet specified licensing requirements in order to practice in their respective provinces. While some practitioners take it upon themselves to license outside the province, there is no such requirement for TCMA practitioners in Ontario thereby placing the public at potential risk.
This legislation is predicted to spark growth in the field of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture resulting in a higher demand for qualified TCMA practitioners. Some academic institutions which train doctors of TCM and acupuncture are preparing for an increased enrolment. "We are extremely pleased about the impending legislation." comments Dr. Mary X Wu of The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). "It will provide more career opportunities in TCM. But first and foremost it will address our ongoing concerns for the health and safety of the public".
Some schools across Ontario are already training practitioners in preparation of this legislation, with many graduates licensed through colleges in the United States. Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine has always been actively involved in promoting TCMA as an emerging profession for Canadians and providing leading educational programs in Canada.
To learn more about careers in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, visit www.tstcm.com. For general information on TCMA, visit www.naturalhealers.com
Mary X Wu, President
The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
2010 Eglinton Avenue. W., Suite 302,
Toronto, ON, M6E 2K3
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