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.
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. .
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.
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.
Please be advised that the College office is now relocated to:
55 Commerce Valley Drive West, Suite 705
Thornhill, ON L3T 7V9
The College Office will be closed on Monday, October 13th 2014. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014.
PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment) applications for members registered under the Grandparented Class registration are now available.
Please visit: www.professionaltesting.ca
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.
July 2, 2014
On June 18, 2014, at the request of the Respondents, the Honourable Mr. Justice Mew granted an adjournment of the hearing of the Application in respect of this matter to September 10, 2014. All of the terms of the interim and interlocutory Order of June 2, 2014, other than the timetable, remain in full force and effect until that time.
For more information regarding the interim and interlocutory Order of June 2, 2014, please click the summary below.
55 Commerce Valley Drive West,
Thornhill ON L3T 7V9
Regular Office Hours:
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.