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Standards of Practice

Standards of practice outline the minimum expectations of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. They also inform the public of what to expect. The College’s has standards on the following areas of practice.

Members may use advertising to provide information to new and existing patients. Advertising must be verifiable, accurate and not misleading.

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Members must effectively communicate with their patients, support persons and other professionals. Good communication skills are essential for the delivery of care and establishing trust with the patient.

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Members are authorized to perform two controlled acts:

  • Communicating a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis identifying a body system disorder as the cause of a person’s symptoms using traditional Chinese medicine techniques.
  • Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis and below the surface of a mucous membrane for the purpose of performing acupuncture.

Performing these and any other acts must be in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 and their respective regulations.

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This standard will be effective starting January 1, 2020.

Members are responsible for maintaining a safe, clean work environment. They must follow evidence-based procedures to minimize the risk of transmitting infectious agents.

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Members must understand and adhere to the legislation governing the practice of the profession, and the College’s Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and the By-laws.

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This standard will be effective starting January 1, 2020.

Members must establish professional boundaries to prevent the misuse of the power imbalance in the patient-practitioner relationship. Professional boundaries are the physical and emotional limits placed on the patient-practitioner relationship.

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This standard will no longer be effective January 1, 2020.

A sexual relationship with a patient is strictly forbidden. The College has zero-tolerance for sexual abuse of patients by a member.

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Members must maintain comprehensive records for every patient. The College has record-keeping templates to assist members in record-keeping.

Read the standard here. For more detailed information, record-keeping templates and a webinar, see the Record-Keeping Guidelines.

This standard will no longer be effective January 1, 2020.

Members must have the knowledge, skills and judgement to practise safely. In the event of an unexpected emergency, members must be prepared to manage the situation.

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