College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario

Following the passing of Bill 50 into law in Ontario, a new college, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, is being set up by a transitional council to regulate the industry. Colleen Scanlan will be grandfathered in as a qualified acupuncturist under their new standards.

One of the initiatives of the new College will be to provide clarity for members of the public as to the professional status and expertise of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. One part of that clarity will be specifying the title that each class of registered members will use in their dealings with the public and their colleagues in the health care system. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R. TCMP) and Acupuncturist (R. Ac) titles will become the standard for Ontario. These titles are protected by law. Only qualified practitioners who meet the requirements of the College and who practice to the professional and ethical standards of the College are authorized to use. Having a uniform, clear and easily understood title for members to use will ensure that there is no confusion.

The transitional Council encourages practitioners to further their education and training. In fact, ongoing professional development will become a component of the proposed quality assurance program that is now being developed.  We understand that numerous organizations based in Ontario, Canada and overseas provide education, training and offer certification to traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. However, upon proclamation of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 members of the College will not be able to use a term, title or designation that is not authorized by the College. This includes any term, title or designation indicating or implying specialization.

Accurate descriptions of one’s additional education, training and certification can be included in one’s biography or résumé so long as they do not indicate or imply specialization. However, other than basic, legitimate educational degrees (e.g., PhD), other terms, titles or designations cannot be used after one’s name (e.g., on business cards, letterhead, promotional material or office signage).

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