Is Traditional Chinese Medicine Regulated in Alberta?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is not yet regulated in Alberta. However, the Alberta government has indicated that it is working towards regulation of TCM in the province.
Currently, acupuncture is the only TCM practice that is regulated in Alberta under the Health Professions Act, with the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA) serving as the regulatory body. While TCM is not yet regulated in Alberta, practitioners may still practice TCM modalities such as herbal medicine and cupping.
The government of Alberta has expressed a commitment to ensuring that TCM is regulated in the province to protect public safety and ensure that practitioners meet standards of education, training, and practice. In 2019, the government introduced the Health Statutes Amendment Act, which includes provisions for the regulation of TCM under the Health Professions Act.
Once TCM is regulated in Alberta, practitioners will likely be required to meet certain education and training requirements, register with a regulatory body, and hold a valid practice permit. The specific requirements for regulation will be determined through consultation with stakeholders and the public.
In summary, while Traditional Chinese Medicine is not yet regulated in Alberta, the government has taken steps to work towards its regulation, and is committed to ensuring that practitioners meet appropriate standards of education, training, and practice.