RMTs and Acupuncture

CMTO’s Acupuncture Authorization Process and Acupuncture Standard of Practice  

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) supports the use of acupuncture as a modality if registrants are authorized by the College to perform acupuncture, and this modality is performed within the Massage Therapy Scope of Practice and in accordance with Acupuncture Standard of Practice.

CMTO has recently updated its process for authorizing registrants. These changes will take effect on January 9, 2017. Under CMTO’s new process, all registrants authorized to perform acupuncture will be listed on CMTO’s Acupuncture Roster, accessible through the existing public register.

Registrants already authorized to practise using acupuncture will remain ‘authorized.’ They are effectively grandparented under CMTO’s new acupuncture policy. However, upon renewal in 2017, they will need to complete the acupuncture declaration contained in the updated Acupuncture Standard of Practice.

It is important for registrants to note that until a regulation respecting delegation of acupuncture is in place, a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) cannot delegate the controlled act of acupuncture to another individual. At this time, the College does not anticipate putting forward a regulation on delegation.

All registrants practising acupuncture must meet CMTO’s Acupuncture Standard of Practice. As part of this, registrants wishing to be added to the Acupuncture Roster must first complete an acupuncture program that provides them with the entry-level acupuncture practice competencies as set out in CMTO’s Acupuncture Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (APC/PIs).[1] The APC/PIs state the learning outcomes that must be provided by acupuncture education programs to enable their inclusion by CMTO in the list of “Confirmed Acupuncture Education Programs.”

Once the registrant has successfully completed the Confirmed Acupuncture Education Program, they must then arrange for the program to submit documentation directly to CMTO confirming their successful completion of the program. In addition, the registrant must complete the online application and declaration process, attesting that they:

  1. Will practise acupuncture within the Scope of Practice of Massage Therapy;
  2. Have read, understood and will practise in accordance with Standards of Practice, Standard of Practice for Acupuncture, APCs/PIs and all regulations;
  3. Have the knowledge, skill and judgment to safely perform acupuncture; and
  4. Possess the professional liability insurance required to perform acupuncture.

The declaration that registrants must complete is contained as Attachment 2 in the Acupuncture Standard of Practice.  Applying to be authorized to perform acupuncture and completing the declaration is on online process that can be accessed through your Registrant Profile page.

CMTO’s new acupuncture process was developed after a fulsome review. CMTO is confident that the changes are in keeping with our public protection mandate and focus on regulatory modernization.

If you have questions about the transition to CMTO’s new acupuncture process, please contact our Registration Services Department at registrationservices@cmto.com.