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Standards of Practice

The Standards of Practice have been developed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) to determine whether a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R. TCMP) and Acupuncturist (R. Ac) can perform at an acceptable level. The Standards of Practice reflect the knowledge, skills and judgement R. TCMPs and R. Acs need in order to perform the services and procedures that fall within the scope of practice of the profession.

The Regulated Health Professions Act and the companion health professions Acts govern the practice of regulated health professions in Ontario.

R. TCMPs and R. Acs are members of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. This ensures that they have met the professional education requirements of the College and that they continue to educate themselves about practical, legal, ethical and other matters pertaining to the profession. R. TCMPs and R. Acs must understand, and adhere to, the legislation governing the practice of the profession, the Standards of Practice set by the College, the Code of Ethics set by the College and the Bylaws.

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R. TCMPs and R. Acs are health care professionals who possess a fundamental body of knowledge, skills and judgment following traditional Chinese medicine principles which are directed to effective patient care in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. R. TCMPs and R. Acs use the essential principles of traditional Chinese medicine to assess patients and promote their health, and prevent and treat common disease. Their care is characterized by ethical and safe clinical practice as well as with effective communication in partnership with patients and other health care providers.

R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be able to accurately assess body system disorders through traditional Chinese medicine techniques. R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be proficient in providing treatment using traditional Chinese medicine therapies to promote, maintain or restore health. R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be skilled in the application of acupuncture and must adhere to the World Health Organization (WHO) standard for the location of acupuncture points. R. TCMPs must be able to accurately select and recommend herbal medicines based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment plan and make modifications based on the patient’s physical, medical and health history as necessary.

R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be able to perform the two controlled acts authorized to R. TCMPs and R. Acs as required in the course of engaging in the practice of the profession. They must not perform the authorized acts, or any exempted controlled acts, unless the conditions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act and their respective regulations have been met.

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R. TCMPs and R. Acs assess body system disorders through traditional Chinese Medicine techniques and treatment using traditional Chinese medicine therapies to promote, maintain or restore health. To ensure protection to patients, the general public, members of the health care system, as well as practitioners R. TCMPs and R. Acs endeavor to reduce the risk of harm by engaging in safe practices, and continuing to maintain and upgrade their safe practice skills by referencing agencies such as the CTMPAO and federal and provincial government health ministries.

R. TCMPs and R. Acs must have the knowledge, skills and judgement to practise safely by adhering to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and guidelines and manufacturers’ directions pertaining to health and safety. In the event of any unexpected problems or emergencies, R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be competent and prepared to handle the management of the situation.

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R. TCMPs and R. Acs effectively communicate with their patients, families, care givers, other professionals and other important individuals. R. TCMPs and R. Acs recognize that good communication skills are essential for establishing rapport and trust with the patient, formulating an assessment , delivering information, striving for mutual understanding, and facilitating a shared plan of care.

R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be able to develop a trusting and therapeutic relationships with patients. They must have good communication skills to elicit and combine relevant information to assess the patient and develop and implement a treatment plan. R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be able to accurately convey relevant information and explanations to patients, families, colleagues and other professionals.

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Creating and maintaining records and reports are essential components of the professional practice of all R. TCMPs and R. Acs as records and reports provide information to other health care professionals about relevant aspects of patient care, treatment and assessment.

R. TCMPs and R. Acs must have the knowledge, skills and judgment to create and maintain a daily appointment log, patient files and billing records and other records that attest to the treatment of the patient. R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be proficient in maintaining records that describe workplace and safety procedures that have been carried out. R. TCMPs and R. Acs must be skillful in producing records and reports that are always accurate, complete, legible and timely.

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The intent of this standard is to assist members to comply with the law in Ontario which stipulates that a sexual relationship with a patient is strictly forbidden. Under no circumstances should a member have a sexual relationship or sexual encounter with a current patient. This standard provides guidance to members regarding behavior and expectations in the patient relationship and after the patient relationship ends.

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The intent of this standard is to assist members to comply with the law in Ontario, specifically, the College’s Professional Misconduct Regulation. Several paragraphs in the Professional Misconduct Regulation relate to advertising. This standard describes the College’s expectations for members involved in advertising.

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