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 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.
Members must be aware of their legal responsibility to ensure a patient is fully informed on all aspects of their healthcare. Members must seek informed consent before providing treatment and properly document the consent in their records.
Members must maintain ethical billing practices. The Standard for Fees and Billing sets out the expectations of members in their billing practices. Please note, that it does not set the fees members are permitted to charge for their services.
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.
Standards describe the expectations for professional practice. Standards are compiled, written down and formally approved by the College. An overarching standard for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists in Ontario is to provide high-quality, safe and ethical care to patients. A standard sets out an expected performance level against which actual performance can be compared.