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of British Columbia

Happy New Year

The CTCMA Board and Staff send Best Wishes to all registrants and their families for a Healthy and Joyful 2019.

Board of Directors Update

The College is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors, Beverly Gail Osachoff, Rachel Ling and Shawn-Poppi Suresh Hans Sabhaney.

The Board of Directors provides leadership for carrying out CTCMA’s mission, which is to serve and protect the public interest by regulating and advancing safe, ethical and quality traditional Chinese medicine practice in British Columbia. These new members, elected from among CTCMA registrants, will provide great insight and depth to the work of the College over the next three years, alongside the other three registrant and six publicly-appointed Board members.

“As we look ahead, we can see that Beverly, Rachel and Poppi will be outstanding additions to our Board. Each is committed to serving the public interest and has been an active practitioner for many years. We are excited about the expertise and viewpoints they bring as we continue to lead the College forward,” says Jonathan Ho, Registrar and CEO.

We further announce that the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has reappointed five public Board members for a one-year term from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

They are Edwin Liu, Joelle Berry, Jocelyn Stanton, Oleh Ilnyckyj and Peter Stevenson-Moore.

“These five Board members have already contributed a valuable body of expertise in policy and governance best practices. Their reappointments will ensure continuity in Board operations and in policy development. I welcome the opportunity to continue working with them,” added Ho.

CTCMA’s full slate of Directors for the coming year, effective January 11, is:

  • Peter Stevenson-Moore, Chair
  • Weija Tan, Vice Chair
  • Joelle Berry
  • Guo Ding
  • Kimberley Graham
  • Oleh Ilnyckyj
  • Edwin Liu
  • Rachel Ling
  • Beverly Gail Osachoff
  • Shawn-Poppi Suresh Hans Sabhaney
  • Jocelyn Stanton
  • Weidong Yu

At this time, we’d like to thank outgoing Board members Ben Cao, John Lee and Joseph Ranallo for their dedicated service. Board members come from all areas of our profession, working as a team to make sound policy and governance decisions in the public interest, steering College operations and ensuring fiscal responsibility. The Board is accountable to the public through the Ministry of Health.

For further information on the CTCMA Board, click here.

Practice Support Program (PSP) Development Updates

At the recent AGM we let you know about the upcoming Practice Support Program (PSP) which will support registrants in ongoing career development.

It’s a new approach to quality assurance, designed to promote professional behaviour, self-evaluation, peer mentorship and continued learning.  Many of you have already viewed the introductory video (English/Mandarin/Cantonese) and responded to the survey validating the 14 Career-Span Competencies as core expectations of practice in our profession.

It’s All About Public Protection

In developing the PSP, we wanted to remain true to our mandate of public protection, and at the same time provide you, our registrants, with a valuable tool to help grow and shape your practice throughout the span of your career.

The PSP is a brand-new, completely different approach to quality assurance, emphasizing workplace performance rather than CEUs. It will utilize assessment tools to help you objectively evaluate your practice. It will also identify ways to support you in areas that in your own estimation could be improved upon. Think of it as a continuing education course specifically tailored to you.

Based on Practice Evaluation

With input received through surveys, the consultation working group and focus groups, we are considering assessment tools such as Comprehensive Self Assessment (CSA), and Client Feedback (CF).

  • The CSA tool would be designed as a questionnaire in which you will be asked to rate yourself using indicators related to your workplace performance. An example might be “I listen carefully to what others have to say”. The indicators have all been derived from the 14 Career-Span Competencies which you can find on the CTCMA website.
  • The CF tool would be designed to allow your clients/patients to provide their own feedback of your performance. Feedback will not be a means for a client to lodge a complaint and clients will be selected by you for participation. Also, they will only be asked to provide ratings of their own experiences with you as their TCM professional. An example might be “I feel that the registrant listens closely to what I have to say”.

Providing Personalized Learning

The goal of these assessments would be to help you identify practice areas in which you could potentially benefit from additional support.

You would develop a personalized learning plan on an easy-to-use online platform. The learning plan would guide you as you develop your practice and help you identify supports, for example online courses, to enhance your practice and service delivery.

All registrants will repeat the PSP cycle over periods of several years to create an ongoing record of performance, practice enhancement and growth as shown in this diagram. 


Want to Get Involved?

Opportunities to participate in pilot testing the PSP will be made available to all registrants in 2019. We invite you to try out the process and let us know how it works for you.

Be a voice in shaping the PSP by sending an email to so that you get notified first! And visit PSP updates.

The College and the Quality Assurance (QA) Committee would like to thank members of the PSP Consultation Working Group and members of focus groups who took part in pilot studies in 2018.

Continuing Competency Program Requirements

The current continuing competency program is in place until the new Practice Support Program (PSP) is fully developed and launched (Expected to be 2020/2021).

Information about the current continuing competency program requirements can be found at the “Continuing Education” page on the College website。

How well do you know the current Continuing Competency Program?

  1. Do you know how many hours that you are required to complete in the program?

    • a minimum of 50 hours of continuing education activities during each 2-year reporting cycle

  2. Do you know how many hours of activities must be in person (face-to-face)?

    • 6 out of 50 hours and they can be activities in Categories A1 and/or C

  3. Do you know your reporting period?

    • A registrant can check through the Members Portal which shows the “next due year” of CE credits

  4. Do you know how many hours can be structured interactive activities?

    • MAXIMUM 10 hrs per reporting period – however, there is no MINIMUM!

  5. Do you know how to log your CE activities?

    • An activity log can be found on the website for electronic or paper recording

Please note that continuing education courses and activities will continue to be important even after the PSP is in operation, it will be recognized as a tool for learning, but not by meeting a fixed number of hours.  Hence, the effort and time a registrant spent on their learning is always useful for their own development and growth.

2019 Doctor of TCM Examination Schedule

Dr.TCM Examinations will be offered in 2019.

Here is the examination schedule.  Examination resources can be found on the Doctor of TCM Examination page on the CTCMA website.

Application Starts: 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Application Deadline: 

Friday, March 1, 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

Application Withdrawal Deadline: 

Friday, March 1, 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

Accommodation for Special Needs Request Deadline: 

Friday, March 1, 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

Date of Written Examination:

Friday, May 3, 2019

Date of Clinical Examination: 

Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14, 2019

2019 Registration Renewal

All registrations expire on March 31 of each year. The Renewal Period is from February 6 to March 31, 2019.

In order to receive your wallet-size card and a valid seal or your student badge BEFORE your current one expires, please submit your completed renewal application by the first Monday of March.

Please note that CTCMA Bylaws s56(6): Where a registrant fails to pay a registration renewal fee on or before March 31, he or she ceases to be registered.

For complete details, please refer to Registration Renewal.

Full Registrants: Please renew your registration online through the Members Portal.

Student Registrants: If you are undertaking clinical training in a Traditional Chinese Medicine education program in B.C. after March 31st, you are required to renew your student registration to ensure your continuous registration.  Please renew your registration online through the Members Portal

Dual Registrants: If you wish to renew only one of your registrations (i.e. R.Ac. and Student to R.Ac. only; R.TCM.H. and Student to Student only), you are NOT eligible to renew online. For further information, please visit the “Dual Registration Renewal” webpage.

Please make sure your contact information is current and registrants can update the information themselves at the Members Portal at their convenience.

2019 Student Information Session

To help students/potential exam candidates prepare application material in advance to ensure a smooth application process, 2 information sessions will be scheduled this year.

CTCMA staff will be present to hand out background information and answer individual questions. The focus will be on the exam application procedures and registration requirements.

  • 1st Session (Victoria, BC): March 7, 2019 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm), Thursday
    • Magnolia Room, Magnolia Hotel & Spa
    • 623 Courtney Street, Victoria , BC V8W 1B8
  • 2nd Session (Vancouver, BC)March 11, 2019 (7pm - 9 pm), Monday
    • BWY B 1228 (Classroom), Vancouver Community College (Broadway Campus)
    • 1155 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5

The event facilities will accommodate 40 - 50 students in each session. 

Recap from the 2018 AGM

How did you find the Annual General Meeting that was held on October 21, 2018? Thank you for those who attended in person and by webinar.

For those who missed it, consider attending in 2019.

Some registrants inquired about budgeting and committee expenses at the AGM.  Answers to Questions from the 2018 AGM was posted on the CTCMA website in November 2018 in response.

ICBC Amended Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment

Effective April 1, 2019 there will be a set number of preauthorized treatments available within the first 12 weeks following a claimant’s motor vehicle accident. ICBC will be preauthorizing 12 treatments at $105 for initial assessment and $88 for standard follow-ups.

These fees were established following extensive market analysis. They will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index and reviewed every 5 years. Regardless of whether a driver is deemed responsible for a motor vehicle accident or not, it has been decided that they should not be out of pocket for treatment costs.

For your information, similarly preauthorized fees have also been established for massage therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, kinesiology, counselling and chiropractic.

Visit the links below for some very thorough and useful information. The Q&A link provides an excellent review of questions likely to be asked by healthcare practitioners.

The British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA) was one of the organizations involved with ICBC during the consultation process for the coverage amendment.  Please contact the ATCMA office directly ( / 604-428-6226) for further information.

Pill Press

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has asked us to advise you that British Columbia’s Pill Press and Related Equipment Control Act (the “Act”) and the Pill Press and Related Equipment Control Regulation (the “Regulation”) will come into force on January 15, 2019.

The Act is designed to address BC’s unique position in the nationwide opioid crisis by disrupting criminal access to equipment used to make tablets and capsules. “Controlled equipment” includes: automated, semi-automated or capable of being automated tablet press and encapsulating machines, pharmaceutical mixers or blenders, as well as associated dies, moulds and punches. Going forward, only those with a legitimate business or professional purpose will be permitted to own, use or possess controlled equipment. The Act also establishes a registrar and inspectors, sets out obligations for authorized owners and establishes a number of offences under the Act.

Under the Act, “authorized owners” include those authorized under an enactment of BC or Canada to manufacture drugs or natural health products, as well as those who apply for a waiver or register as a seller of controlled equipment. Manufacturers authorized to fabricate drugs or natural health products by virtue of a Drug Establishment Licence or Site Licence issued under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada) are automatically authorized owners under the legislation. 

Persons who have need of controlled equipment but are not licenced to fabricate under the Food and Drugs Act, must apply for a waiver or register as a seller by April 1, 2019. All authorized owners (fabricators, waiver holders, and registered sellers) must notify the registrar under the Act of their existing equipment, including their authority to own it, by July 1, 2019.

Instructions for how to apply for a waiver, register as a seller, or notify of existing equipment are available online. Also available online is information regarding the duties of authorized owners under the Act as well as links to the Act and the Regulation.

For information on the Act and associated Regulation, please visit the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s webpage:

Inquiries regarding ownership, waiver applications, seller registrations or compliance should be directed to the registrar under the Act, at

Practical Information for Practitioners

Health Insurance Fraud & Scams Targeting Individuals and Businesses

Health Insurance Fraud

We have heard from registrants that they have concerns with health insurance fraud.  The following links are some resources to know more about this topic, to maintain professional in your practice, and to prevent it to affect you and your patients.

Scams Targeting Individuals and Businesses

Most registrants practice as small businesses and can be targets for scammers both as individuals and as businesses.  The best defence is to educate yourself and avoid becoming a victim.

TCM Community News

The Preparatory Committee of first Spring Festival Banquet has issued a media release

For more information, please follow the link: