Committee of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Practitioners & Acupuncturists of Ontario
On December 7, 2012 at the Markham Hilton Hotel conference center, the Committee of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of Ontario (known as TCM Committee below) was officially established, and subsequently held the first TCM Committee meeting.
The TCM Committee members are elected based on open recruitment from industry representatives and public representatives. It is composed by six (6) Chinese medicine professionals and five (5) representatives of the Ontario public, which meets the requirement of “Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006”.
The TCM Committee meeting started at 8:30 am. First, the TCM Committee determined the key task, the objective and working principles. Its key task is to certify current qualified TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists in accordance with the principle of self-regulation from Ontario “Medical Act” and Ontario “Traditional Chinese Medicine Act”. By the method of examination and assessment, this TCM Committee will certify qualified existing TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists, in order to protect the public interest as well as allowing the public to better choose TCM services. In addition, the TCM Committee will provide a complete solution to the future government relate to TCM industry's recognition and public acceptance of TCM.
The objective is as follows:
Based on professional identification and educational background evaluation, the majority of Chinese medicine practitioners would be able to enjoy grandfather rights and grandfather registration rights, in order to become officially registered Chinese Medicine practitioners or / and Registered Acupuncturist; therefore they can provide better medical services for the Ontario public.
The three working principles of the TCM Committee are:
- First, respect for the developing history and current standing of the development of Chinese medicine in Ontario;
- Second, respect for the professionalism and uniqueness of the Chinese medicine profession;
- Third, respect the rights of patients in Ontario, and to protect public safety.
The TCM Committee members first discussed and passed TCM Committee BY-LAW. Then they introduced each individual member’s background. Each professional member of the TCM Committee meets four conditions: 1) Complete his/her education from a formal University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or formal Medical School; 2) Has more than 25 years of Chinese medicine study and working experiences; 3) Successfully passed OAEC Examination; 4) Passed the Canadian federal government background check.
The TCM Committee elected Dr. Xiaoning Yuan as TCM Committee Chairman; Dr. Jia Li as Vice-Chairman, Mr. Shiji Liu as TCM Committee ’s Registrar.
The TCM Committee also voted Executive TCM Committee of the TCM Committee. Then Executive TCM Committee includes five (5) TCM Committee members which are the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, Dr. Daping Zhang, Dr. Xueping Yin and Mr. Genghui Rao.
The meeting also identified and adopted Ontario TCM standards, the Ontario Acupuncture standards, Ontario Chinese acupuncture examination bodies. Meanwhile, from three (3) federal government recognized international academic evaluation agencies, the TCM Committee chose one as a TCM Committee assessment agency.
The TCM Committee discussed through a subsidiary bodies as well as their staff member lists. The four (4) subsidiary bodies of the TCM Committee are: 1. Policies and Regulations Advisory Working Committee; 2. Professional Qualifications Evaluation Working Committee; 3. The Discipline Inspection Complaint Working Committee; 4 Pre-Registration Working Committee.
The TCM Committee discussed and adopted the "Registration Rules”. Examinations and educational qualification evaluation approach is used for the formal registered professionals. For grandfather-right professional, the combination of recommendations from patient/professional as well as expert assessment approach will be used. It’s worth noting that the transition period of grandfather-right professionals is six (6) years. There will be four (4) professional designations: Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Doctor of Acupuncture, and Doctor of Chinese Medicine Doctor.
The TCM Committee adopted both Chinese and English as the TCM Committee’s official languages. At the end of the meeting, the TCM Committee passed this first meeting’s Meeting Resolution.