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Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006

Every regulated health profession in Ontario has, in addition to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), a profession specific Act which establishes a regulatory college responsible for governing the profession to ensure the public is protected. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 (TCM Act) establishes the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.

It sets out:

  • The scope of practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), “...the assessment of body system disorders through traditional Chinese medicine techniques and treatment using traditional Chinese medicine therapies to promote, maintain or restore health”;
  • The “controlled acts” that members of the College are authorized to perform, namely:
  • Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis and below the surface of a mucous membrane for the purpose of performing acupuncture;
  • Communicating a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis identifying a body system disorder as the cause of a person’s symptoms using traditional Chinese medicine techniques.
  • Title protection, authorizing only members of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario the use of the titles “traditional Chinese medicine practitioner” or “acupuncturist”, a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language (Doctor title authorization is found in the RHPA);
  • The composition of the College Council;

And it empowers:

  • The appointment of the Transitional Council and Registrar by the Lieutenant Governor in Council;
  • The Transitional Council and Registrar to implement the TCM Act, 2006 and the RHPA.

Please click here to view the TCM Act, 2006 on e-Laws.