Regulatory Agency

College of Traditional Chinese Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC


The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) is the regulatory body for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in BC and is responsible for registering Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist throughout the province. CTCMA is an expansion of the original College of Acupuncturists of British Columbia. The College is a self-regulatory body that operates under the auspices of the provincial government and through the Health Professions Act, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation, and CTCMA bylaws.

Since April 2003, a valid registration issued by CTCMA is required to practise Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in BC. The CTCMA seeks to protect the public by ensuring that anyone holding themselves out as practicing or qualified to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine or acupuncture is registered through the CTCMA, and receives and processes complaints against the actions of registrants.


1664 West 8th Ave
Vancouver BC
V6J 1V4

Telephone: 604-738-7100
Fax: 604-738-7171

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
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Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
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Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
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Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
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Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
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In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
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Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
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Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
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