New Code of Ethics to Celebrate 100 Years of Massage Therapy Regulation

Winter 2019

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is excited to present a refreshed Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics and accompanying Glossary of Terms are resources to support Massage Therapists (MTs or RMTs) in understanding and applying the ethical principles and values which are foundational to the practice of the profession. As regulated health professionals, RMTs must ensure they maintain the public’s confidence in the profession and provide the highest level of safe, ethical and quality Massage Therapy care. This is accomplished by exercising professional judgement and integrity.

CMTO’s Code of Ethics is grounded in four ethical principles:

  • Benefit Clients and Serve Their Best Interests
  • Treat all Clients with Respect and Dignity
  • Not Harm Clients
  • Be Responsible and Accountable

With the release of the refreshed Code of Ethics, we also mark the 100th anniversary of regulation in Massage Therapy care in Ontario. The number of RMTs has grown steadily over the years. Today, there are more than 14,500 Massage Therapists registered with CMTO. Many of these RMTs engaged with CMTO throughout the development of this foundational practice document.

In January 2019, CMTO released a survey to engage RMTs and other stakeholders in an early discussion about some of the ethical issues within the current practice environment, and ultimately what should be included in the refreshed Code of Ethics. Using the feedback from this engagement exercise, CMTO prepared a first draft of a refreshed Code of Ethics. In July 2019, CMTO again consulted with RMTs and other stakeholders on the draft Code of Ethics. The refreshed Code of Ethics reflects RMT and stakeholder feedback and is intended to be a tool to support RMTs in ethical decision making in practice.

We would like to thank all RMTs who provided feedback at any stage of the process; the development of the Code of Ethics was a partnership between RMTs and CMTO. CMTO looks forward to continuing to work with RMTs to ensure the public receives the safe, ethical and quality Massage Therapy care, in what will be the second century of Massage Therapy regulation in Ontario.

Review the Code of Ethics and Glossary of Terms.

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