About Us


In 1996 the Government of British Columbia, Canada established the College of Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CABC). Subsequently, in 1999 CABC was expanded by the Government of British Columbia to amalgamate Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as a whole in a unified college that then became known as the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners of BC (CTCMA). The College is the official professional regulatory authority that regulates the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture in the Province. 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. Effective April 12, 2003, a valid registration (professional license) issued by the College is required in order to practice TCM and acupuncture in British Columbia.

The College seeks to protect the public by ensuring that anyone holding themselves out as practicing or qualified to practice TCM or acupuncture is registered through the College. In addition to the restricted titles, the College has adopted and uses the following marks:

Dr. TCM, D.T.C.M., Registered D.T.C.M., Doctor of TCM, Registered D.P.C.M., Doctorate of Philosophy in Chinese Medicine
R. TCM. P., Registered TCM Practitioner
R. Ac., Acupuncturist, Registered Acupuncturist
R. TCM. H., Registered TCM Herbalist

The services of the College in educating the public and its members, and regulating and granting licenses to TCM practitioners and acupuncturists, relate to these and other marks of the College found throughout this website.

The trade-marks, trade-names, logo, and official marks of the College, and the icons appearing on this site, may not be used without the express written permission of the College.

Our Mission

The College serves and protects the public interest by regulating and advancing safe, ethical and quality traditional Chinese medicine practice in British Columbia. The College is committed to protecting the public by ensuring that anyone holding themselves out as practicing or qualified to practice traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is registered through the College. Moreover, the College strives to ensure that registrants establish, maintain and continually improve the quality of care they provide to their clients. Working with external agencies and partners provincially, nationally and internationally, the College will actively work to continuously improve the high standards of care that government, clients and general public expect through ongoing review, assessment and analysis of trends and issues in the field of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

The College, as an institution, is politically unaligned and all its activities are entirely separate from electoral politics.