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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. Jie Dong Wang

On January 19, 2016 the College successfully obtained a permanent injunction pursuant to section 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code the Court prohibiting Mr. Jie Dong Wang (a.k.a. Yaxuan Wang) (“Mr. Wang”) from contravening the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act.

January 28, 2016


CBC REPORTS : Colleges too lenient on doctors at discipline.

January 27, 2016


Clinic Regulation Consultation – Find out what people had to say

January 25, 2016


CTCMPAO Hosts Members of the Anhui Province Health and Family Planning Commission.

January 21, 2016


CBC REPORTS : British Columbia Acupuncturist caught trafficking bear bladders.

January 21, 2016


2013-2015 Pan-Canadian Examinations : Candidates Results Classified by Ontario Schools

January 15, 2016


HPARB confirms that governability of applicant is key factor in granting membership

In December 2015, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) confirmed a decision of the Registration Committee to not register an applicant due to his history of ungovernability.

January 13, 2016


HPARB confirms that applicants must be forthcoming and aware of regulatory requirements when applying to College

In December 2015, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) confirmed a decision of the Registration Committee to not register an applicant due to a previous finding of guilt and his failure to disclose this on his application.

January 13, 2016


Notice to Members:
Consultation for a By-Law Amendment to Sections 170, 181, 181.1, 185 of the CTCMPAO By-Laws

Pursuant to Section 12, of the Ontario Regulation 27/13, Registration, of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006, the College is working to develop the application processes for the Student Certificate of Registration.

January 7, 2016


UPDATE: CTCMPAO v. FOTCMA et al.

On November 30, 2015, for written reasons released on December 7, 2015, Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed the appeal brought by the Federation and its related entities and Mr. Yuan and Mr. Li from the decision of the Honourable Justice Mew.

December 18, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO v. Sherry Xueping Yin

On November 18, 2015 the Honourable Justice Mew awarded the College costs in the amount of $30,000 in respect of the successful Application brought by the College for a permanent injunction against Ms. Sherry Xueping Yin.

December 18, 2015


Ministry of Health Requests your feedback.

December 18, 2015


Toronto Star Reports: Doctor at center of outbreak loses license for 10 months

December 18, 2015


CTV Reports: Natural medicines can be dangerous.

December 10, 2015


Notice to Members:
Consultation for a By-Law Amendment to Section 200 of the CTCMPAO By-Laws

On October 26, 2015 Council approved the proposed amendment to section 200 of the CTCMPAO By-Laws for circulation for consultation.

November 26, 2015


Call for Applications to serve as a Peer Practice Assessor

Peer and Practice Assessors are professional members of the College that conduct peer and practice assessments that are assigned to them by the College.

November 17, 2015


2015 Pan-Canadian Examinations for Acupuncturists, Herbalists, and TCM Practitioners Results

November 17, 2015


Consultation on proposed Standard of Practice (6): Prohibition of a Sexual Relationship with a Patient

On October 26, 2015 Council approved the proposed Standard of Practice (6): Prohibition of a Sexual Relationship with a Patient for circulation for consultation. The Standard of Practice outlines the benchmark of interactions between Patients and Practitioners, and describe how situations should be handled so misconduct can be avoided. The Standard of Practice will another step solidifying The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario’s commitment to a zero tolerance attitude towards sexual abuse.

November 16, 2015


REMINDER: Annual Requirements for Quality Assurance Program

The Quality Assurance Committee would like to remind all Members that the annual requirements of Ontario regulation 28/13, Quality Assurance Program are as follows...

November 16, 2015


Tell Us What You Think About Clinic Regulation

Twelve of Ontario’s Health Care Regulatory Colleges are excited to announce the launch of consultations to discuss whether Ontarians would benefit from a clinic oversight model, and what clinic regulation might look like in Ontario.

November 09, 2015


HPARB confirms that registration requirements are not discriminatory

In October 2015, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) confirmed that the requirements of the Grandparented Class are not discriminatory and do not violate the Human Rights Code.

November 03, 2015


WFAS 2015 Toronto Conference Remarks

The President of The College Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, Joanne Pritchard-Sobhani R. TCMP, R. AC, was honoured to bring greetings to everyone in attendance at the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies Toronto 2015 Conference on September 25-27, 2015.

October 09, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO welcomes Chinese Delegation

October 09, 2015


UPDATE: Nobel Prize Awarded

On October 5th, 2015, the Nobel Assembly awarded Ms. Youyou Tu the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discoveries in treating malaria. Ms. Tu used traditional Chinese medicine scriptures

October 06, 2015


WHO Strategic Plan on Traditional Medicine.

September 28, 2015


UPDATE: CTCMPAO V. Sherry Yin

On September 11, 2015 the College successfully obtained a permanent injunction pursuant to section 87 of the Health Professions Procedural Code the Court prohibiting Ms. Sherry X. Yin (a.k.a. Xueping Yin) (“Ms. Yin”) from contravening the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act.

September 17, 2015


2015 District 3 & 4 By-Election Official Results

On August 13, 2015, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario held a by-election for Electoral Districts No. 3 & 4.

September 15, 2015


Qi Newsletter Summer 2015

September 15, 2015


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.


Notice To Members :
Illegal Dentist in Etobicoke Received Sentence

January 05, 2015


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