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What is the College?

The College (CTCMPAO) is the governing body established by the government of Ontario, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.

It regulates the practice of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in the public interest. The law in Ontario requires that every practitioner must be a registered member of the College (CTCMPAO).


Experienced TCM professionals, who cannot speak, read or write English or French are excluded from registration.

Regulation discriminates TCM professionals in favour of Western health care providers.
Tests (Jurisprudence and Safety) offered only in English prevents experienced TCM professionals who cannot speak, read, or write English or French to complete their registration.
College is preventing its members to practice using Chinese (or any other language).
Regulated health professionals will automatically be registered.
The College does not allow practitioners to sell herbs.

The Registration Regulation recognizes the experience of practicing professionals and that they may have acquired their knowledge and skills through apprenticeship and not formal education. The Regulation stipulates that:

A grandparented certificate applicant has to prove that he/she has completed a minimum of 2,000 traditional Chinese medicine visits in Canada, which may include traditional Chinese acupuncture patient visits, within a five-year period before the regulation comes into force.

A grandparented member who is unable to speak, read and write either English or French, can submit for approval a written plan on how to communicate in the official language with patients, other health care professionals and the health system. .

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) framework is not intended to judge the value of specific health care practices or the value of one health care theory over another. It protects the public. By indicating that a registered practitioner is qualified to practice in a regulated health care field, it helps patients make informed choices. In the event of complaints, abuse or harm, patients have recourse through the investigations, complaints and disciplinary processes of the regulatory colleges.

Jurisprudence Test – The College had offered interpretative test sessions to help grandparented applicants, who lack English language fluency.

Safety Test – The College continues to offer an accommodation plan for grandparented class applicants, who failed the Safety Test due to a lack of understanding of English.

This special accommodation for Safety Program test will allow the grandparented applicant to work together with his/her interpreter (who is named in the registration application – written plan) to complete the Safety Program.

Members may practise in any language they and their patients like. In fact, members are encouraged to use the language of communication that is most comfortable for the practitioner and the patient.

However, members must be able to also communicate in English or French so that they can communicate with the health care system. For example, in cases of an emergency, records can be made in any language as long as the information is also recorded in English or French, permitting other health care providers and the health care system to understand the recorded information.

Records can be made in any language as long as the information is also recorded in English or French permitting other health care providers and the health care system to understand the record, hence ensuring continuity of care and the accountability of the member.

To be registered, all applicants must meet the registration requirements set out in the Registration Regulation that is approved by the government. No exemption will be given to any regulated health professionals.

The sale of Chinese herbal medicine and health supplements is under the jurisdiction of Natural Health Product Directorate (NHPD) of Health Canada. NHPD regulates the importation, retail sales and advertising of herbal products and natural health supplements, not the College.

The College regulates the practice of its members. Members may sell products (herbs) to patients. However, to protect the rights of patients and to avoid conflicts of interest, a member must let their patients know that patients have the right to purchase from the member or from another vendor of their choice.

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Important Announcement:

Please be advised that the College office is now relocated to:

55 Commerce Valley Drive West, Suite 705
Thornhill, ON L3T 7V9

Holidays Hours:

Please be advised that the College will be closed for the holidays from :
December 24, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
Normal business hours will resume
Monday January 5, 2015

Notice To Members :
News release from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regarding the prevention of sexual abuse

December 18, 2014

Notice To Members :
Application for membership on CTCMPAO statutory committees.

December 8, 2014

Reminder To Members :
Annual Requirements of Ontario Regulation 28/13 , Quality Assurance Program.

December 4, 2014

CTCMPAO correspondence with MOHLTC on Transparency

December 1, 2014

New Consultation: Proposed Spousal Exemption Regulation

November 25, 2014

2014 Pan-Canadian Examinations Results -
Written Component

November 21, 2014

The second Pan-Canadian Written Examinations for professionals in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture has been offered on October 18, 2014. The national results for 2014 Pan-Canadian Written Examinations is now available.

Update of Interim Injunction

November 3, 2014

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario’s (the “College’s”) application for a permanent injunction against a number of organizations and individuals was heard before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on September 10 and October 10, 2014. The Court has taken its decision under reserve.

Pending the release of the Court’s decision, the interim injunction remains in effect.

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment) applications for members registered under the Grandparented Class registration are now available.

Grandparented members must read the Guide to Complete PLAR when applying online at

To better assist members through the process there are now visual instructions (videos) available on

Update of Xing v. College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has dismissed the application of Leona Xing (on behalf of Traditional Chinese Medicine Consumers Association) against the College. The HRTO determined that Ms Xing had abandoned the application due to her non-compliance with HRTO rules and her lack of communication with the HRTO.

As a result, the hearing dates of October 20 and 21, 2014 are cancelled.

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55 Commerce Valley Drive West,
Suite 705
Thornhill ON L3T 7V9

Regular Office Hours:

Monday to Friday: -

Tel: 416.238.7359
Fax: 416.214.0879
Toll Free: 866.624.8483

Please be advised that staff will only be able to assist members by appointment only. To make an appointment please contact the College.