TCM Regulation

Update on Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Ontario, Canada

March 2003

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 ranges from weekend courses to three or more years of full time post-secondary school training.

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 statement to the Legislature in April 2001.

HPRAC's advice:
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: www.hprac.org

RHPA:
The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is a unique health professions regulatory model. The objective of RHPA is to safeguard the public, while ensuring consumer choice and access as well as practitioner accountability, by establishing and maintaining standards of qualification for registration, standards of knowledge and skill for the profession, programs to promote continuing competence among its members, standards of professional ethics, and complaints and discipline procedures.

For more information please contact:

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Integrated Policy and Planning
Executive Director's Office
8th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1R3
Tel: (416) 327-7261
Fax: (416) 327-5109

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