College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Clarification on Incorrect Information in Circulation

June 6, 2017

It has come to the attention of the College that incorrect information regarding the composition of its board, financial administration and regulatory operations has been circulated through electronic communications and social media. The purpose of this notice is to clarify any misunderstanding that may arise from that misinformation and to provide the facts.

Composition of the Board

Pursuant to s. 17 of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”) and s. 2 of the College bylaws, the board consists of six board members elected from the profession and at least three government appointed board members from the public who are not from the profession.

The term of office for an elected board member is three years and an elected board member is eligible for re-election once. In other words, a board member who is elected to the board can sit on the board consecutively for a maximum of six years. If an elected member resigns, the board can appoint a registrant to fill the vacancy until the next scheduled election. The term of office for appointed board members is specified by the Minister of Health as part of the appointment.

The Board is responsible for ensuring that the College’s mandate to regulate traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in the public interest is carried out by management and staff effectively and efficiently on behalf of British Columbians.

Financial Administration

The Board, through the Finance and Administration Committee, is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient financial administration of the College. The College implements and maintains sound accounting practices and systems in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations.

Every year, the College undergoes an audit to obtain an opinion on whether the College’s financial statements present the financial position of the College fairly and free from material misstatement. After each audit, the audited financial statements are presented at the College’s Annual General Meetings, submitted to the Ministry of Health and published on the College’s website. To date, every audit has confirmed that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the College.

The College continues to advance its regulatory programs to regulate traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in the public interest, utilizing the necessary resources to do so. The Board, in its due diligence, ensures that the College’s operations are in compliance with the duties and objects as required under the Act.

Inspections, Inquiries and Discipline

The College operates its inquiry and discipline programs in pursuant to Part 3 of the Health Professions Act and Part V of the College bylaws. The Inquiry Committee is required to investigate and address complaints in a manner that is fair, transparent and objective to both the complainant and the registrant. The same obligations are imposed on the Discipline Committee when the Inquiry Committee directs that a matter be referred for a discipline hearing. At both stages, legal and/or expert opinions are sought where necessary to ensure decisions are based on legally sound, fair and objective grounds.

A description of the complaints process is available on the File a Complaint page.