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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:

Office Closure

Please be advised that the College office will be closed on April 18 and 21, 2014.

Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Circulation of Proposed Bylaw Amendments - Council Elections

|April 14, 2014 – May 14, 2014|

Safety Program and Jurisprudence Course Test Sessions

For information and to register online please visit:

Safety Program Test Accommodation for Grandparented Class Applicants who failed the Safety test due to a lack of understanding of English

Safety Program Test Accomodation Plan and Application Form.

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