About Us


CTCMA is an official professional regulatory authority established in 1996 by the Government of British Columbia, Canada to regulate the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture in 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.

Effective April 12, 2003, a valid registration (professional licence) issued by CTCMA is required in order to practise TCM and acupuncture in British Columbia.

CTCMA 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 CTCMA 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 CTCMA 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 CTCMA found throughout this website.

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

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect the public by establishing a system of mandatory registration in which practitioners have to meet and maintain standards in TCM and acupuncture care established by the College.

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