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The mandate of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO or the College) is to ensure that the public interest is placed at the core of all College activities. This means that the focus is maintained on client needs, including the right to the provision of high-quality, safe and ethical healthcare for all Ontarians. One essential mechanism to ensure that this happens is the public register, a readily available list of those individuals authorized to practise Massage Therapy in this province.
The public register contains up-to-date information on every Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) or registrant in Ontario, including those who are no longer practising. Information is initially obtained by the College when an individual first applies to CMTO. Additional information is gained directly from registrants when they complete their annual renewal or when they notify the College of changes to their information (e.g. new practice address).
The content of the public register is determined by law (Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991) and CMTO’s by-laws. However, it is important to note that the way that this information is presented is designed to be user friendly and accessible to all – again, with the public interest top of mind and client care needs front and centre.
In the spirit of improved transparency and openness, CMTO expanded the public register in early 2016. The goals of this exercise were to enhance the public register by adding an explanatory introduction, increasing the number of fields in the key search form and offering comprehensive and accessible glossary terms, so that we all share a common understanding of the words used in the public register.
For example, the glossary terms explain, in plain language, registration status, such as resigned, revoked and suspended; written and oral cautions; professional negligence and malpractice; Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs (SCERPs); and much more.
With these tangible and meaningful improvements, we are enhancing the information that is available to the public, so that members of the public can make better informed decisions about their choice of healthcare practitioners.
Acupuncture: This pertains to registrants authorized to perform acupuncture. Acupuncture refers only to pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical mental and emotional conditions within the Registered Massage Therapy scope of practice.
Bail conditions: If known to the College, information about existing conditions or restrictions relating to the custody or release of the registrant imposed by a court or other lawful authority.
Caution – oral: This is one of the outcomes available to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) following an investigation for cases involving concerns of a high risk of harm. An oral caution is an admonishment of the registrant about concerns, regarding conduct or practice issues that have a direct impact on client care, safety or the public interest, if the concerns are not addressed. The registrant will be required to appear before the Committee, in person, to receive the sanction.
Information relating to cautions on the public register will include a summary of the contents of the caution and the date of the decision. Information about written cautions will remain on the public register for three years from the date of the decision.
Caution – written: This is one of the outcomes available to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) following an investigation for cases involving concerns of with a significant risk of harm. A written caution is an admonishment of the registrant about concerns, regarding conduct or practice issues that have a direct impact on client care, safety or public interest, if the concerns are not addressed. The registrant will receive the sanction in writing.
Information relating to cautions on the public register will include a summary of the contents of the caution and the date of the decision. Information about oral cautions will remain on the public register for two years from the date of the decision.
General certificate holder is currently authorized to practise Massage Therapy in Ontario.
Inactive certificate holder, who previously held a general certificate, is not currently authorized to practise Massage Therapy in Ontario.
Deceased: The date the registrant died, if known to the College.
Resigned: The registrant has voluntarily given up the right to practise as an RMT in Ontario.
Revoked: The College has taken away the right of the RMT to practice in Ontario. For example, a revocation can occur as the result of a decision at a discipline hearing.
Suspended: The College has temporarily taken away the right of an RMT to practise in Ontario. For example, a suspension could occur if a registrant has failed to pay their annual renewal fee.
Commonly used name: An alternative first name (other than the legal name) under which the registrant is practising.
Criminal convictions: All Criminal Code, Health Insurance Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act convictions, on or after March 1, 2016 (if known to the College) will be included in the public register. This information includes a summary of the finding and penalty, and a notation, if the case is under appeal. This information can be removed from the public register if an appeal is successful, or if the registrant is pardoned.
Former legal name: All previous first and last names under which the registrant practised as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario.
Initial registration date: This is the date that the registrant first became registered with the College. However, it does not necessarily mean that the registrant has been consistently registered since that date. The registrant history is available on the public register.
Language of practice: This section shows all languages in which a registrant has indicated that they are able to communicate when providing client care.
Massage Therapy education: This section contains the name of the educational institution and the year in which the registrant completed the program that qualified the registrant for registration with the College.
Professional corporation: This means a corporation that holds a certificate of authorization issued by the College. Only registrants may own shares or be a director of a professional corporation.
Professional negligence and malpractice: These are findings made in a civil proceeding where a client sues the registrant to receive compensation for substandard or incompetent care. As of June 1, 2009, CMTO reports on these in the public register.
Referrals to the Discipline Committee (DC): This is one of the outcomes available to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) following an investigation for cases involving concerns with a high risk of harm. The registrant is referred to the Discipline Committee for a hearing to determine whether or not the registrant engaged in the alleged professional misconduct and/or incompetence.
Referral to Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC): This is one of the outcomes available to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) following conducting health inquiries for cases involving concerns with a high risk of harm. The registrant is referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a hearing to determine whether the registrant is suffering from a physical or mental condition or disorder that is affecting, or could affect, her or his practice, and if so, what action may be necessary to protect the public.
Registrant discipline history outside of CMTO: The public register will note whether a registrant has been found guilty of professional misconduct, incapacity or other similar findings by another health regulatory body.
Registration history: The history of the status of the registrant’s registration. This includes class of certificate of registration (see definition); date of initial registration; and changes to the registrant’s status – e.g., suspended for non-payment of fees, resigned or revoked.
Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (SCERP): The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) may require individual registrants to complete specific education programs if their knowledge, skill and/or judgment have been found to be unsatisfactory. Such programs may involve course work, a mentorship and/or written submissions. Where ICRC has serious concerns, the SCERP will include not only the course work or other remedial action, but will include a requirement for the registrant to be “monitored” by means of a practice inspection. A monitoring requirement as part of the SCERP provides assurances that the registrant has appropriately implemented the program components.
A summary of the contents of “monitored” SCERPs is included in the public register. This information remains on the public register for a minimum of two years. After two years, and once the SCERP requirements are completed, the information can be removed from the public register.
Terms, conditions and limitations: Restrictions or requirements that may be placed on a registrant’s Massage Therapy practice, as a result of concerns identified by the College. A registrant is required to comply. This information will remain on the public register as long as the terms, conditions and limitations remain in force.
Contact Us for Further Assistance
If viewers are unable to find what they’re looking for in the public register or are unable to find an RMT in Ontario, they can contact the Registration Services at email@example.com.
For more information on the discipline process, see Professional Conduct area on CMTO main website.