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Frequently Answered Questions

Annual Registration Renewal

Where can I find information about the Annual Registration Renewal ?

For information about the Annual Registration Renewal click here


What does the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 (TCM Act, 2006) do?

The TCM Act, 2006 establishes the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) that will be responsible for governing the profession to ensure the public is protected and the public interest is served.

It also sets out:

- The scope of practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM);

- The controlled acts that TCM practitioners and acupuncturists are authorized to perform;

- Title protection authorizing only members of the CTCMPAO to use the titles “traditional Chinese medicine practitioner” or “acupuncturist”, a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language;

- The composition of the College Council after transition; and

- The Council’s authority to make regulations, including the regulation on “Doctor” title.


What is the College?

A College regulates the practice of the health profession that it is to govern according to its profession specific Act and regulations, the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, its regulations and by-laws.

Distinct from a professional or advocacy association that protects the interest of its own members, the mandate of a College is to serve and protect the public interest.

The CTCMPAO is the College that regulates the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in the public interest. It is the ONLY organization legally authorized by the Ontario government to evaluate applicants and determine who is qualified to practise traditional Chinese medicine in Ontario.

Any organization that falsely holds itself out as a body that regulates individuals in TCM practice would be liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 for a first offence and not more than $200,000 for a second or subsequent offence.  This includes organizations claiming to evaluate and/or certify individuals’ for the purpose of practising TCM in Ontario.