April 1 2013: Proclamation of TCM Act 2006 in Ontario Canada
Today April 1, 2013 is the date that the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 is proclaimed in Ontario, Canada! This is one of the most important mile stones for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today is the birth of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Profession in Ontario!
Proclamation of the TCM Act 2006 means the formal regulation and recognition of the medicine and the profession. As a formally regulated profession, we have established our standards of requirements for registration, for education, for entry level competencies, for practice and for quality assurance. We are accountable to our regulatory body, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, and we are responsible for providing safe, quality and ethical health care to the public.
As of April 1 2013, Practitioners who wish to perform the authorized controlled acts (communicating a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis and acupuncture), and to use the title “traditional Chinese medicine practitioner” or “Acupuncturist” must be registered with the College.
For registered TCM Practitioners and/or Acupuncturists, please check: www.ctcmpao.on.ca
TSTCM Moving Forward with the New Regulation of the TCM Profession:
TSTCM has been dedicated to high standard, high quality systematic and comprehensive education for the training of competent, ethical and successful TCM professionals. We have been living up to the time honoured standards of the past, while meeting the responsibilities of today and tomorrow.
In the past 18 years since our inception in 1995, many TSTCM graduates have passed stringent competency examinations, become qualified and successful Acupuncturists, TCM Practitioners and Doctors of TCM in Canada and internationally.
Improved professional diploma programs to train competent and qualified Acupuncturist, TCM Practitioners and Doctor of TCM:
Currently, we are further improving our curriculum and advancing our programs according to the newly established standards and requirements. Our professional diploma programs will not only provide our students the knowledge, skills, ethics and judgment for passing the Pan-Canadian Examinations, but also becoming successful and rewarding professionals. These programs are specifically designed to qualify our students to become registered Acupuncturist, TCM Practitioners and Doctor of TCM respectively.
Refreshing and complementary programs to help individuals to upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to become fully qualified:
As a newly regulated profession, we have to work even harder to earn the confidence and to build the trust from the public and other health professions. In addition to providing high standard and high quality of systematic and comprehensive programs to train new generation of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists, TSTCM will start offering Refreshing / Complimentary Programs to help individuals in need to meet the requirements of CTCMPAO and to become fully registered.
Acupuncture Certificate Program for Regulated Health Professionals:
This is a 450 hours acupuncture certificate program designed for regulated health professionals who are interested in learning the basic theory of TCM and to use acupuncture as a modality to help their patients within their scope of practices.
Continuing Education for Health Professionals and Interest Courses for public
To introduce and to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture into the Canadian mainstream health care system for the health benefits of the public, TSTCM will offer introductory programs and certification courses to other health care professionals to extend their knowledge and skills for their clients, and offer interest courses to public for their health promotion and for their disease prevention.