CARB-TCMPA National Consultation for TCMA Accreditation Standards

The Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA) invites practitioners to join the National Consultation on Standards for the Accreditation of TCMA Education Programs. CARB-TCMPA is in the process of developing Pan-Canadian standards for education programs that offer Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCMA) programs, and we want your input.

What are the TCMA Accreditation Standards?

  • The TCMA standards include requirements that demonstrate the delivery of quality TCMA education.
  • Standards are the elements of excellence that allow education programs to evaluate the quality and safety of their education.
  • With respect to the independence and competence of each education program, the standards are not generally prescriptive, rather, they represent what’s required for competency-based learning outcomes.
  • Through the accreditation process, education programs demonstrate how they arrive at those outcomes.
  • The evidence that is provided by the education program through the accreditation process is evaluated against the standards and a determination is made as to whether the education program should be accredited.

The TCMA standards are divided into nine sections:

  1. Leadership
  2. Program Operations
  3. Student Services and Support
  4. Human Resources
  5. Curriculum
  6. Online Curriculum
  7. Clinics and Labs
  8. Student Assessment
  9. Program Evaluation

What is the National Consultation?

  • The National Consultation is a process whereby we listen to your suggestions concerning the draft standards, and incorporate your feedback into the requirements.
  • For those who wish to participate, we have distributed a link to the survey which will allow you to give us your input.
  • We will consider all of the feedback gathered from across Canada, and integrate improvements that make sense.
  • When the final version is ready, the standards will continue through the evaluation process, including piloting the standards at a number of TCMA education programs across the country.

For more information on this project, read CARB-TCMPA’s background letter and their project partner’s letter to respondents. To be part of this important conversation about improving the quality of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture education in Canada, add your feedback to the draft standards by completing the survey below. Respond by March 26th, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST to make sure your voice is heard.

See the Survey Here