Strategic Plan 2018-2021

In March 2018, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario held a session to update its inaugural strategic plan.

The overarching aim of the day was to establish strategic priorities and key activities over the next 3+ years.

The group agreed to make strategic decisions about future priorities based on three criteria:

  1. Public Protection – Activities that advance public safety, government direction and public expectations
  2. Compliance – Activities that are a must-have requirement for regulatory compliance
  3. Realistic – Activities that can be achieved given capacity, resources and timing

The College established four strategic directions with key activities, and recognizes seven organizational values that would help the College deliver on its mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest.

Strategic Directions

Ensuring policies and practices are consistent with good governance and adaptable to changes in the regulatory environment

Key Activities:

  1. Keep abreast of and participate in provincial regulatory modernization activities
  2. Introduce governance & organizational performance measures and monitoring process
  3. Enhance Council / Committee training & evaluation processes

Ensuring practitioners are able to effectively work in collaborative environments and competent to deliver safe, effective and ethical care

Key Activities:

  1. Develop standards of practice including professional ethics and prevention of sexual abuse
  2. Find opportunities for inter-college & inter-profession collaboration at point of care and organizational levels
  3. Enhance Quality Assurance Program and continuing education opportunities

Enhancing information and communications to ensure ongoing effectiveness in understanding or participating in College activities and processes

Key Activities:

  1. Continue to educate members about College requirements, standards and activities
  2. Engage public in determining information needs & respond accordingly
  3. Reach out & engage with students, academic institutions, other regulatory colleges and provide relevant information

Enhancing the public’s awareness and knowledge of TCM to ensure they seek and access appropriate services from a regulated TCM practitioner and/or acupuncturist

Key Activities:

  1. Identify program approval criteria & initiate process to ensure education of competent practitioners
  2. Define & communicate what is meant by TCM acupuncture and competent practice
  3. Implement a class of members that can use the Dr. title – ensure excellence in competence

Strategic Plan Progress

The section below provides a summary update of the College’s progress on strategic plan items for the 2021-2022 fiscal year (starting April 1, 2021). This section will be updated quarterly (current as of December 9, 2021).

Ongoing Projects

Governance Review

  • Submitted College governance documents to GSI for review.
  • Scheduled interviews between GSI and Council members and senior staff.
  • GSI has provided the College with the completed report.
  • Received revised governance review report from consultant.
  • Council Members supported the approval of 10 recommendations, and are preparing an implementation plan.

Competency-Based Council Elections

  • Presented information on competency requirements to Council. Began planning project to develop competencies for CTCMPAO.

Annual By-Law Review

  • Potential By-Law changes identified as a result of the governance review.

Governance Modernization

  • Submitted feedback to the Ministry of Health regarding possible governance reforms.

Ongoing Projects

Modernization of Standards of Practice


Enhanced Entry to Practice Examination

  • CARB will be offering two sittings of the Pan-Can exam in 2021 in the new computer format.
  • Work to assume the development and administration of Pan-Can Exams has been transferred from the Consortium of TCM Regulators to CARB-TCMPA.

Enhance QA Program

  • The College began work with a consultant to conduct stakeholder interviews and program reviews.
  • Stakeholder interviews and survey completed. Program review completed.
  • Final report and recommendations received from the consultant.
  • Executive Committee, with the support of Council, approved the general framework for the QA Program.
  • Published RFP for the development of the self, peer, and practice assessments.

Educational Tips

  • COVID-19 communications was a primary focus for much of the 2020-2021 year for the College. For the 2021-2022 year, the College has refocused its efforts on sending its Educational Tips emails to educate TCM practitioners and acupuncturists on safe practice, changes in the regulatory environment, and professional responsibilities.

Ongoing Projects

Stakeholder Outreach

  • Semi-annual meeting with schools – May 26, 2021.
  • Qi newsletters continue to be sent out quarterly.
  • Staff presented to schools on registration process and Pan-Canadian Examinations.

Ongoing Projects

CPMF Report

  • First CPMF report submitted; College has begun working on identified action items from the report.
  • The College met with Ministry of Health staff to discuss 2020 and 2021 reports.

Program Accreditation Project

  • The College submitted its response to the draft education standards developed by CARB-TCMPA.
  • ARAC reviewed feedback from survey and made revisions to standards for a second consultation. The College is preparing feedback for second consultation.
  • Second round of feedback submitted and is being reviewed by ARAC and CARB-TCMPA.

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