Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health professions of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture.

TCM has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since December 4, 2000. Acupuncture has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since April 1, 1996. The professions are regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the professions were unregulated in British Columbia.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • six elected TCM practitioners; and
  • three public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation

Amendments to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

Proposed Regulation Amendments Date
No proposed amendments.  
Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Makes the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 250/2008
BC Reg 290/2008   
Repeals the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation (BC Reg 385/2000), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Makes the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation, and repeals the Acupuncturists Regulation (BC Reg 80/96). December 4, 2000
OIC 1646/2000
BC Reg 385/2000
Amends the Acupuncturists Regulation to bring sections 3 and 5 into force on April 1, 2000. July 19, 1999
OIC 865/99
BC Reg 227/99
Amends the Acupuncturists Regulation to bring sections 3 and 5 into force on September 1, 1999. July 31, 1998
OIC 1087/98
BC Reg 271/98
Amends the Acupuncturists Regulation to bring sections 3 and 5 into force on September 1, 1998. December 18, 1997
OIC 1434/97
BC Reg 423/97
Amends the Acupuncturists Regulation to bring sections 3 and 5 into force on January 1, 1998. April 25, 1997
OIC 510/97
BC Reg 159/97
Makes the Acupuncturists Regulation (sections 3 and 5 not in force until July 1, 1997). April 1, 1996
OIC 415/96
BC Reg 80/96
Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends 'Schedule H: recognized education programs'c of the bylaws. Filed November 8, 2017 
In force January 7, 2018
Amends the college bylaws by amending Section 19(3) and Schedule E. Filed September 28, 2016  
In force November 27, 2016
Amends the college bylaws to allow voting by electronic means. Filed April5, 2016  
In force June 5, 2016
Amends the college bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (Recognition Guidelines for Education/Training Programs) and Schedule H (Recognized Education Programs). Filed January 5, 2016  
In force February 1, 2016 
MO 004/2016
Amends the college bylaws to update requirements for the eligibility for students to apply to take examinations, and to update Schedule H regarding recognized TCM Education and Training Programs. Filed April 1, 2015   
In force April 1, 2015  
MO 091/2015
Amends the college bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule F (fees). Filed April 15, 2015
In force May 26, 2015
Amends Schedule F of the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 1 regarding registration examination fees. Filed June 17, 2013
Amends Schedule F of the bylaws by adding a footnote regarding prorating of student registration fees. Filed May 29, 2013
Amends the bylaws regarding the mandate of the standards of education committee, and repealing and replacing Schedule H to recognize six education programs for the purpose of registration. Filed February 4, 2013
In force February 12, 2013
MO 035/2013
Amends the bylaws regarding remuneration for board and committee members, a disclosure of citizenship status registration requirement, and, effective April 1, 2011, required continuing education hours. Filed January 31, 2011
In force February 1, 2011
MO 022/2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule F (fees). Filed November 24, 2010
In force January 1, 2011
MO 343/2010
Amends the bylaws regarding board composition, board terms of office, inquiry committee composition, registration classes and requirements, education program requirements, and other miscellaneous matters. Filed December 21, 2009
Amends the bylaws regarding the conduct of general meetings. February 12, 2008
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule F (fees). February 12, 2008
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by adding Schedules J and K (tariffs of costs). December 14, 2007
Deposited
Approves amendments to the bylaws with respect to categories of registration for practitioners of TCM and with respect to  April 12, 2001
OIC 494/2001
Approves the bylaws of the College. June 22, 1999
OIC 715/99
 
Other Date
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to December 31, 2002. December 18, 2001
MO 312/2001
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to December 31, 2001. October 27, 2000
MO 370/2000
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to December 31, 2000. February 28, 2000
MO 083/2000
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to April 1, 2000. June 17, 1999
MO 223/99
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to April 1, 1999. April 9, 1998
MO 171/98
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to April 1, 1998. June 27, 1997
MO 256/97
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before July 1, 1997. April 18, 1996
MO 160/96