May 11, 2020   | Posted in: Announcements

Revised Complementary and Alternative Therapies Standard Published

Based on feedback gathered from a public and physician consultation, several revisions were made to the Complementary and Alternative Therapies practice standard. The Executive Committee approved the revised standard at its meeting on April 16, 2020.
View the revised standard here. To view a short video outlining the standard’s core principles, click here
Key revisions to the standard include incorporating definitions of “complementary therapy” and “alternative therapy” and adding clarification that registrants must: 
  • advise the patient unambiguously if the safety and/or effectiveness of a proposed intervention is contrary to the accepted views of the medical profession and counsel the patient, to the best of their ability and knowledge, about the risks, benefits and alternatives of all options (including the option of no treatment) so that the patient can give informed consent 
  • be satisfied that the proposed care and health benefits are safe, or at minimum, do not pose a greater risk to the patient than comparable conventional interventions or than the absence of treatment
  • set fees for non-insured services that are reasonable and commensurate with the service(s) provided, discuss the fee with the patient prior to providing the therapy and consider the patient’s ability to pay when determining the fee (see Charging for Uninsured Services)
  • ensure ongoing assessment is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the therapy provided 
  • when speaking publicly, provide opinions consistent with the current and widely accepted views of the profession when interpreting scientific knowledge to the public; clearly indicate when an opinion may be contrary to the accepted views of the profession
The College thanks all those who participated in the consultation.