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About Us

The College is the official professional regulatory authority that regulates the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture in the province 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 the College Bylaws. The College, as an institution, is politically unaligned and all its activities are entirely separate from electoral politics.

Our Mission

The College serves and protects the public interest by regulating the safe, ethical practice of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in BC.

Our Vision


We do the right thing regardless of circumstances.


We create an environment where everyone is and feels safe.


We are transparent in our actions.


We do what we say and achieve what we intend.


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 Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA).

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.