College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Jin Zhang WANG (01854)

Date of Action: April 7, 2011

Description of action taken

The Inquiry Committee suspended the Registrant's registration under s. 35(1)(b) of the Health Professions Act pending completion of its investigation.

Reasons for the action taken

The Inquiry Committee initiated an investigation in response to a complaint filed by a patient on September 7, 2010. The Registrant was requested to produce clinical records. He produced copies of records in Chinese. The nature of the clinical records gave rise to further concerns. The Inquiry Committee appointed an inspector to attend at the Registrant's clinic to review a random selection of his clinical records. The inspector attended at the Registrant's clinic on January 27, 2011 and March 31, 2011 but he refused to give her access to his records on both occasions. The College then obtained a court order under s. 29 of the Act allowing the inspector to enter the business premises to seize the records. The inspector returned to the Registrant's clinic and served a copy of the court order on him. The Registrant refused to comply with the court order and would not provide access to his clinical records. When the police attended, the inspector was permitted access to the clinic. She observed equipment and supplies suggesting that the Registrant was manufacturing herbal remedies. In view of the Inquiry Committee's concerns regarding the Registrant's clinical records and the evidence of manufacturing, and the Registrant's refusal to cooperate with the investigation and the court order, the panel determined that precautionary action was necessary to protect the public pending completion of its investigation.