The following is the text of an announcement published by the Transitional Coulcil of Homeopaths of Ontario:
It’s Official: Proclamation of the Homeopathy Act, 2007 will take place on April 1, 2015.
Following receipt of final government approval and publication in the March 14, 2015 edition of the Ontario Gazette, the transitional Council is pleased to announce that the Homeopathy Act, 2007 will be proclaimed on April 1, 2015.
This momentous event represents the culmination of years spent developing a framework for the self-regulation of homeopathy. Accountability and public protection go hand in hand. It marks the beginning of a new phase for both the public and the profession. Sincere appreciation must go to the hundreds of stakeholders who have contributed to this process and will continue to do so.
Regulation of Homeopathy in Ontario.
In 2007 Bill 171 was passed legislating and enacting Homeopathy as a newly regulated health profession in the province of Ontario under Regulated Health Profession Act (RHPA).
OCHM was a vocal and tireless advocate of this historic process which resulted in the integration of Homeopathy into the health system. The Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario is in the process of establishing and implementing standards of education and practice to protect the welfare of the public and to make sure that Health Care Professionals meet the criteria required to practice as Homeopaths in Ontario.
Our students graduate with the confidence to practice Homeopathy at a time when regulation is being set forth.
We believe that a patient’s health and safety should always come first and this is what we have been able to achieve through our high educational standards.
In March of 2005, the Minister of Health and Long Time Care, the Honorable George Smitherman, asked the Health Profession Regulatory Advisory Committee (HPRAC) to recommend if Homeopathy should be regulated in the province of Ontario.
The Ontario Homeopathic Association with the support and help of the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine submitted a proposal for regulation. HPRAC made recommendations to the Ministry of Health which resulted in unprecedented advancement for Homeopathy by proclamation of the Homeopathy Act of 2007.
On June 4th, 2007, Homeopathy became a regulated profession in the province of Ontario. Since 2007, the Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario has finalized registration regulation and filed it with the government of Ontario. We await the proclamation in the very near future.
OCHM is actively involved in this process, is commited to ensuring that students are supported through the changes with ease and is ensuring that the curriculum meets the standards and competencies created by the College of Homeopaths.
Updated information on regulation is available at www.collegeofhomeopaths.on.ca
The following cover letter was sent to TCCHO on October 18, 2011 with OCHM comments to the draft regulations. We encourage you to read the comments available at the following link: OCHM comments to TCCHO draft regulation.pdf.