College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Court Sentences Unlicensed Acupuncturist to Prison – Patients Notified

April 24, 2017

In BC Supreme Court April 18, 2017 Mr. Justice Peter Voith found Mr. Warren Fischer guilty of criminal contempt of the Order of Justice Gray made in College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of B.C. (the ‘College’) v. Warren Joseph Fischer, British Columbia Supreme Court on May 8, 2014.   

The College governs practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture(TCM/A) under the Health Professions Act (HPA).  The College seeks to protect the public by ensuring that anyone holding themselves out as practicing or qualified to practice traditional Chinese medicine/Acupuncture is registered to do so. 

In 2014 Justice Gray issued a permanent injunction order prohibiting Mr. Fischer from engaging in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture until such time as he achieved registration status with the College.

The recent Application to court was initiated following an investigation into allegations that Mr. Fischer was practising without required registration to do so.

Justice Voith committed Mr. Fischer to prison for a period of 60 days for contempt.  Mr. Fischer is also required to pay to the College its costs and disbursements of the proceeding as special costs.

Patients who have received treatment from Mr. Fischer are being notified to contact the College if they wish to retrieve their clinical records.  Under Order pursuant to section 30 of the Health Professions Act, for a period of two years, the College will continue to retain items removed from the working premises of Mr. Fischer. A notice has been posted on the College website and the Nelson newspaper has been notified regarding the outcome of the April 18th proceedings.

“The public expects competent, responsible health practitioners who are qualified and accountable to the regulatory college with whom they are registered.  Practising without registration is an offence under the HPA and places the public at risk” said Dr. Mary Watterson, Registrar of the CTCMA.

Contact:

Mary Watterson, Registrar/CEO

604-738-7100 ex 102 / registrar@ctcma.bc.ca

www.ctcma.bc.ca