RMTs and Acupuncture

CMTO’s Acupuncture Authorization Process and Acupuncture Standard of Practice  

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) supports the use of acupuncture as a modality if Registered Massage Therapists (“RMTs” or “MTs”) are authorized by the College to perform acupuncture, and this modality is performed within the Massage Therapy Scope of Practice and in accordance with Standard of Practice for Acupuncture.

Effective January 1, 2018, a revised Standard of Practice for Acupuncture clarifies the educational requirement for an RMT to be authorized to use acupuncture in their Massage Therapy practice.

Standard of Practice for Acupuncture – (effective as of January 1, 2018)

CMTO registrants authorized to perform acupuncture are listed on CMTO’s Acupuncture Roster, accessible through the existing public register.

It is important for registrants to note that until a regulation respecting delegation of acupuncture is in place, an RMT cannot delegate the controlled act of acupuncture to another individual. At this time, the College does not anticipate putting forward a regulation on delegation.

All registrants practising acupuncture must meet CMTO’s Standard of Practice for Acupuncture. As part of this, registrants wishing to be added to the Acupuncture Roster must first complete an acupuncture program that provides them with the entry-level acupuncture practice competencies as set out in CMTO’s Acupuncture Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (APC/PIs). The APC/PIs state the learning outcomes that must be provided by acupuncture education programs to enable their inclusion by CMTO in the list of “Confirmed Acupuncture Education Programs.”

Once the registrant has successfully completed the Confirmed Acupuncture Education Program, they must then arrange for the program to submit documentation directly to CMTO confirming their successful completion of the program. In addition, the registrant must complete the online application and declaration process.

The declaration that registrants must complete is contained as Attachment 2 in the Standard of Practice for Acupuncture.  Applying to be authorized to perform acupuncture and completing the declaration is an online process that can be accessed through the Registrant Login page.

If you have questions about the acupuncture authorization process, please contact our Registration Services Department at registrationservices@cmto.com.