The Ontario government is planning to stop regulating traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists. Officials say it would allow more people to work in the field. The professional’s regulatory body was established in 2013 and is named the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott explained the proposed legislation would have an oversight transition to the Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority. In a statement, Alexandra Hilkene said “The practice of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture has been safely practiced for centuries,… This approach brings Ontario in line with other jurisdictions and will support individuals who have historically faced barriers to practicing.
In 2013, when the legislation was introduced, some practitioners said it would prevent people from working as traditional Chinese medicine practitioners if they had learned from their elders instead of in a school setting. The Liberal House Leader John Fraser established the college and said it was done to protect the public.
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