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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.

The law in Ontario requires that every practitioner must be a registered member of the College (CTCMPAO).

The College's mandate is to serve and protect the public.

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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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UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. Alexander Tran

On August 14, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an interlocutory Order from The Honourable Justice Sheard of the Superior Court of Justice pursuant to section 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code prohibiting Mr. Alexander Tran (“Mr. Tran”) from contravening the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act until the final adjudication of the Application brought by the College.

Toronto, September 03, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. Alexander Tran

On June 5, 2015 the College commenced an Application pursuant to s. 87 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, S.O. 1991, c. 18 to obtain an injunction to stop Mr. Tran from practicing traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture.

Toronto, August 01, 2015


CBC news reports “Acupuncture Clinic Shut Down”

July 31, 2015


Public Service Announcement :
Ottawa Public Health issues closure order to Ottawa acupuncture clinic

July 31, 2015


NOTICE TO MEMBERS: Delegation Policy

Effective July 6, 2015 the Policy on Delegation has been Revoked.

July 21, 2015


PLAR Completion and General Class Transfer Application Deadline and Frequently Asked Questions

July 21, 2015


Professional Development Guidelines

July 21, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. Daping Zhang

On July 10, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an interlocutory Order from The Honourable Justice Corrick of the Superior Court of Justice

Toronto, July 13, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. Sherry Yin

On June 22, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an interlocutory Order from The Honourable Mr. Justice Hood of the Superior Court of Justice

Toronto, July 13, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. Mona Zhang

On June 10, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an Order from The Honourable Mr. Justice Whitaker of the Superior Court of Justice

Toronto, June 16, 2015


Raising Awareness among Health Professionals about their Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect

June 12, 2015


Patients of unlicensed BC dentist may be at risk.

May 08, 2015


UPDATE : Health Care Update From Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins - Spring 2015

April 27, 2015


UPDATE : FOTCMA, Li, Yuan , et al. V. CTCMPAO, et al.

On March 31, 2015, the Honourable Mr. Justice Glustein struck the Statement of Claim of the Federation of Ontario Traditional Chinese Medicine Association and the other Plaintiffs in an action commenced against the College and the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, without leave to amend.


Invitation from MOHLTC Sexual Abuse Task Force for Complainants to a Health Regulatory College.

April 7, 2015


Announcement : On April 1, 2015, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 was amended.

This amendment increased the monetary fines that can be imposed for illegal use of title and for illegally holding oneself out as a member of the College.

April 7, 2015


NOTICE : Annual Registration Renewal is Now OPEN!
Click here to start your Registration Renewal.

April 1, 2015


Announcement :

Effective today, April 1, 2015, two new health regulatory Colleges have been established: the College of Homeopaths of Ontario and the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario.


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. FOTCMA, Li, Yuan , et al.
Ontario Court orders fake “doctors” of Chinese medicine to stop practising.

Toronto, February 6, 2015 – The Ontario Superior Court has ordered unlicensed practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine to stop practicing, ruling they broke Ontario’s health laws.


UPDATE: FOTCMA, Li, Yuan , et al. V. CTCMPAO, et al.

On January 23, 2015 the Honourable Mr. Justice Mew set aside the noting in default obtained by the Federation of Ontario Traditional Chinese Medicine Association and the other Plaintiffs in an action commenced against the College.The Court awarded $12,500 in costs to the College payable by the Plaintiffs on a substantial indemnity basis.


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. ZUNG

On January 29, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an Order from The Honourable Ms. Justice Parfett of the Superior Court of Justice pursuant to section 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code prohibiting Mr. D. Kuoc Zung aka Quoc Dung Dang aka Dang Quoc Dung aka John D. Quoc Dung aka John D. Kuoc Dang aka Kuoc Zung Dang (“Mr. Zung”) from contravening the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act.
Mr. Zung is not a registered member of the College.


“Coercive” sex acts cost ex-Sick Kid’s Doctor License.

January 28, 2015


CTCMPAO correspondence from Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister, MOHLTC regarding prevention of sexual abuse initiatives.

January 23, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. YANG

On January 20, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an Order from The Honourable Mr. Justice Spence of the Superior Court of Justice pursuant to section 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code prohibiting Ms. Soon Ryol Yang from contravening the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act.
Ms. Yang is not a registered member of the College.


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. BAO

On January 14, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (the “College”) obtained an Order from the Honourable Mr. Justice Perrell of the Superior Court of Justice pursuant to section 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code prohibiting Mr. Huang Bao aka Bao Huang from contravening the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act.
Mr. Huang is not a registered member of the College.


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Illegal Dentist in Etobicoke Received Sentence

January 05, 2015


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