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 can be expected during the fall session of provincial parliament. A stakeholder consultation is organized for March and April 2005. 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 Acupuncture and/or Chinese Medicine practitioners to meet specified licensing requirements in order to practice. 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. Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM) has been providing comprehensive programs in Acupuncture and Traditional chinese Meidcine for the past 10 years, and has trained many qualified practitioners who are licensed and certified in Canada and in the United States. TSTCM has been actively participating and cooperating with the government and other organizations in the process of professional regulation, and is exploring opportunities for collaboration with Universities for TCMA research. The TSTCM teaching clinic is well established, and provides the students with an opportunity to perfect their knowledge and skills in TCMA, guaranteeing that the public receives effective, high-quality, and above-all safe Acupuncture and TCM treatments.
Dr. Mary Xiumei Wu
Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
2010 Eglinton Ave, West, Suite 302
Toronto, ON M6E 2K3
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