Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006
Summary of Decision:
The above mentioned regulation was filed on January 25, 2013. The regulation was filed as O. Reg. 28/13. The regulation was published on e-laws on January 29, 2013 and will be published in the Ontario Gazette on February 9, 2013.
August 10, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006, the transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (TC-CTCMPAO) will be responsible for governing the self-regulating profession of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Ontario.
Under these Acts, the TC-CTCMPAO may make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including quality assurance (QA), subject to the prior approval by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Summary of Regulation
Section 80.1 of the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), which is Schedule 2 to the RHPA, requires health regulatory colleges to make regulations prescribing a QA program. The authority to make these regulations is found in clause 95(1)(r) of the Code. QA programs are intended to be an educational and proactive approach to assist individual practitioners in maintaining currency with respect to standards of practice, changes in technology and practice environments, among other things. While essentially non-punitive, QA programs may contain a combination of incentives and sanctions, the primary purpose of which is to protect the public.
The QA program would apply to all members of the newly established College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (College). The QA program includes, amongst other matters, the following components:
- mandatory requirements for members to maintain records of their self-assessment, continuing education and professional development activities, and to provide these records at the request of the College;
- a peer and practice assessment component that is designed to monitor and identify any area(s) of a member's knowledge, skill and judgment that are unsatisfactory; and
- remediation of a member whose knowledge, skill and judgment is found to be unsatisfactory as a result of a peer and practice assessment.
Contact: Registrar, transitional Council
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Address: 163 Queen St. East, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5A 1S1
January 25, 2013