Code of Ethics for Members[1]

The Code of Ethics for Members sets out guidelines for ethical acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine herbology and traditional Chinese medicine practice. The Code is based on a set of core values, which Members must uphold in their relationships with their clients, members of their own profession, other health care providers, and the public.


Members are professionals who act in a manner that enhances the reputation of, and inspires public confidence in the profession. They have a responsibility to follow this code of ethics, and to keep informed about the laws and developments in professional standards that affect ethical health care practice.

  1. Health and well-being
    1. Responsibility to clients
      1. Members hold the health and well-being of their clients as a primary responsibility.
      2. Members provide care within their scope of practice to assist their clients to achieve their optimum level of health at all stages in life.
      3. Members seek additional information or knowledge and refer the client to another health care provider, or when aspects of the care required are beyond their level of competence. 
    2. Responsibility to the public 
      1. Members address institutional, social and political factors influencing health and health care in ways that are consistent with their professional role and responsibilities. 
      2. Members provide the best care circumstances permit even when the need arises in an emergency.
      3. Members participate, to the best of their abilities in research and other activities that contribute to the ongoing development of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine knowledge. 
    3. Responsibility to other health care providers 
      1. Members respect and value the knowledge and skills of other health care providers and cooperate with others so that maximum health benefits to their clients can be realized.
  2. Choice 
    1. Responsibility to clients 
      1. Members fully inform their clients about the effects and risks of treatment, and of the scope and limitations they are entitled to practise.
      2. Members ensure that care is authorized by informed consent and practice within relevant law governing consent and choice. 
      3. Members find out their clients' health needs and values and help them to obtain appropriate information about their care and the services available to them. 
      4. Members involve clients in health planning and health care decision making, in order to promote their clients self determination and ability to act on their own behalf in meeting their health care needs. 
    2. Responsibility to clients of diminished capacity 
      1. Members involve clients of diminished competence in decision-making to the extent that those clients are capable. 
      2. Members seek to obtain consent for care from a substitute decision-maker when clients lack the capacity to make decisions about their care, did not make their wishes known prior to becoming incompetent, or for any reason it is unclear what the client would have wanted in a particular circumstance. When prior wishes of an incompetent client are not known or are unclear, care decisions must be in the best interest of the client and based on what the client would want, as far as is known.
  3. Respect
    1. Responsibility to the client
      1. Members are sensitive to, and respectful of the client's individual needs, values, dignity, and choices. 
      2. Members do not exploit clients' vulnerabilities for their own interests or gain, whether sexual. emotional, social, political, financial, or any other way. 
      3. Members respect the privacy of clients when care is given.
      4. Members protect the client's confidentiality, and the confidentiality of their health care information. 
    2. Responsibility to the public and members of the profession
      1. Members act in a manner that is respectful of other Members as well as the practice of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbology and traditional Chinese medicine. 
  4. Fairness 
    1. Members apply and promote principles of equity and fairness to assist clients in receiving unbiased treatment and a share of health services and resources proportionate to their needs. 
  5. Accountability 
    1. Responsibility to the client
      1. Members practise only while their ability to do so is unimpaired.
      2. Members do not compromise care for reasons of personal or institutional expedience.
      3. Members strive to ensure that their clients receive and understand complete and accurate information about their treatment.
      4. Members take preventive as well as corrective action to protect clients from unsafe, incompetent or unethical care.
      5. Members whether they are engaged in clinical, administrative, research, or educational endeavors have professional responsibilities and accountabilities toward safeguarding the quality of care their clients receive.
    2. Responsibility to the profession
      1. Members acquire new skills and knowledge in their area of practice on a continuing basis, as necessary for the provision of safe, competent and ethical care.
    3. Responsibility to other health care providers
      1. Members refer only to other health service providers whom they do not suspect of unethical conduct or incompetent or unsafe care.
    4. Responsibility to the public
      1. Members represent their qualifications honestly, clearly and in a way that is not misleading to the public, other professionals and to their clients.
      2. Members provide information to the public about acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbology and traditional Chinese medicine that is fair, accurate, and objective.
  6. Practice environments conducive to safe, competent and ethical care 
    1. Responsibilities to the client and members of the health care team:
      1. Members establish and promote health care environments that are conducive to safe, competent. ethical practice and to the health and well being of clients and others in the setting. 
      2. Members share their knowledge with any members of a health team with whom they should work, for the benefit of clients. 
    2. Responsibilities to other Members; 
      1. Members provide responsible and respectful mentoring and guidance for the professional development of students of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbology and traditional Chinese medicine and other Members. 
    3. Responsibilities to persons under supervision; 
      1. Members assume full responsibility for all the care they provide or delegate to persons under their supervision. 






[1]CTCMA gave permission to PTCMAAS on June 4, 2015 to use their Code of Ethics, CTCMA Bylaws Schedule A, March 13, 2014. CTCMA neither endorses nor assumes any responsibility for PTCMAAS’s use of this Code of Ethics. This document is the entire CTCMA code with three minor changes:
1. The term “Registrants” is changed to “Members”.
2. In section 1.a) iii., the phrase “in accordance with the requirements of the regulation” is deleted as this refers to the B.C. regulation.
3. In section 1.b) iii. the sentence “Members participating in research observe College sanctioned guidelines for ethical research” is deleted as this refers to the B.C. College guidelines.

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Feel free to contact us if you have questions. You will need to send us an image (jpg, jpeg, gif, png) no larger than 50kB that is 300x250 pixels. Payment for the ad will have to be accepted before we load the ad in the site. There is monthly tracking available for your advertisement.

We place ads on the areas of the site that get the most traffic. Your ad will load randomly along with other ads (if any) that may be on the site. Ads run on the site until their maximum impressions have been reached. Once your ad stops (reaches the maximum amount of impressions), you can purchase more impressions. The cost table for ads is below (all pricing in CAD):

Advertiser Type Basic Rate Package Rate Tracking(impressions & clicks)
Full Voting Members $1.00 per 1,000 impressions $8.00 per 10,000 impressions FREE - Monthly Exported Tracking for free (csv file)
Non-Voting Members $1.50 per 1,000 impressions $12.00 per 10,000 impressions $5.00 - Monthly Exported Tracking (csv file)
Non Members $2.50 per 1,000 impressions $20.00 per 10,000 impressions $10.00 - Monthly Exported Tracking (csv file)

Payment will be by cheque or e-transfer to .

Please see our Advertising Policy Below for full details:

PTCMAAS Website Advertising Policy
  1. Advertising is for members and website users to assist with developing and making available Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM/A) in Saskatchewan.
  2. Members may post advertisements.
  3. Non-members may post advertisements that may be of general interest to PTCMAAS members, but may not advertise TCM/A services or goods. For example, a non-member may advertise to hire a TCM professional or rent space to a TCM professional, but may not advertise acupuncture or TCM services.
  4. The advertiser must prepare the ad, usually a .jpg image, with a link to their website included if desired. If you cannot prepare your own advertisement, we can refer you to an independent business who can prepare your layout as required.
  5. Content
    a.    should be of interest to the TCM/A community and clients. Examples include services offered, employment (and support positions), space for rent or wanted, education, training, supplies, etc.;
    b.    must be in good taste, accurate, and not misleading;
    c.    must not compare services or abilities with other practitioners, or offer better results than other practitioners;
    d.    must not reflect negatively on the TCM/A profession generally;
    e.    must avoid political advertising, lobbying, debate, or addressing conflicts, etc.;
    f.    may use a language different than English if you wish, but you must provide us with a written translation of any non-English content for our reference.
  6. We place ads where they are likely to perform best; at present, most visitors go to the 'Find a Practitioner' page. If you would like the ads to appear on another page, please contact us.
  7. We will not sell personal details to a third party.
  8. We do not use behavioural targeting [collecting viewer information to select advertisements to display].
  9. We do not allow ads that make you download anything (especially viruses!), or which break the site in any way. If you see an ad that does this, please let us know and we will remove it.
  10. If you have a complaint about an ad for any reason, including if it violates this policy, please let us know.
  11. The Board of Directors or its appointed representative(s) shall be the sole decision-maker in all matters related to advertisements on the website.
  12. Fee schedule
    a.    For FULL VOTING MEMBERS
           i.    Basic rate:    $1.00 per 1000 impressions
           ii.    Package rate:    $8.00 per 10,000 impressions
           iii.    Monthly Exported Tracking for free
    b.    For PROVISIONAL OR NON-VOTING MEMBERS
           i.    Basic rate:    $1.50 per 1000 impressions
           ii.    Package rate:     $12.00 per 10,000 impressions
           iii.    Monthly Exported Tracking for $5
    c.    FOR EVERYONE ELSE
           i.    Basic rate:    $2.50 per 1000 impressions
           ii.    Package rate:    $20.00 per 10,000 impressions
           iii.    Monthly Exported Tracking for $10

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Our members are assessed by training history, working history, certifications and continuing education. The specific training requirements for membership are covered in our Bylaws.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
There are currently two types of membership: Full Professional (voting) membership and provisional (non-voting) membership.
 

1. FULL PROFESSIONAL (VOTING) MEMBERSHIP
ptcmaasProfessionalProfessional Membership
For individuals who meet the qualifications of a PTCMAAS, Inc level of professional (voting) membership.

Non-Practicing Professional Membership
For individuals who meet the qualifications of a PTCMAAS, Inc level of professional (voting) membership but are not currently practicing.

2. PROVISIONAL (NON-VOTING) MEMBERSHIP
PTCMAASassocMemberProvisional Professional Members
Provisional (non-voting) members are TCM/A professionals who have the professional education, training and experience required for PTCMAAS membership but whose applications are incomplete. For example, need to provide up-to-date First Aid and CPR certificate, insurance certificate, current dues, etc. Provisional members may participate in PTCMAAS activities, including education, meetings, etc., but might not be recognized by Insurance Providers. 

Honorary Members
Honorary (Non-Voting) members include persons who are nominated by any current member of PTCMAAS, Inc and are approved and evaluated by the Board members at their discretion. The approval of Honorary Membership is based on specific and individual circumstances. Individuals who
are considered for nomination will typically provide valuable contribution to the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture community in Saskatchewan. The Honorary Membership is designed as a means to respectfully recognize those in the community who have contributed to the TCM/A community in Saskatchewan. Honorary Members may not satisfy the professional (voting) membership levels criteria, but may influence the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Saskatchewan. For example, these members may be herbalists, doctors, lawyers or accountants.


LEVELS OF PROFESSIONAL (VOTING) MEMBERSHIP

The PTCMAAS Inc. has 4 levels of professional (Voting) membership including:
1. Acupuncturist, Ac;
2. Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist, TCM. H.;
3. Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, TCM. P.; and
4. Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, M. TCM.

For more information on membership please see our Bylaws.


ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP
1. Complete the Membership Application (link above)
2. Meet PTCMAAS Inc. education standards for the level of professional membership; or meet the
registered licensure requirements in another Canadian jurisdiction.
3. Provide a current criminal record check
4. Pay your annual fees.


FEES
There is a $50.00 CAD application fee (payable at time of application). Annual membership fee of $100.00 CAD is payable upon approval of completed application. Please make cheque or money order payable to PTCMAAS, Inc.


NOTE ON ASSESSMENT POLICY FOR GRANDPARENT REGISTRATION FOR ACUPUNCTURIST MEMBERSHIP LEVEL
The following policy for assessing candidates applying for Acupuncturist-level Grandparent status was approved May 31, 2014 by general membership. (PTCMAAS, Inc. Bylaws, Article IV, Section K)

Grandparent registration may be granted to persons who have practiced in Saskatchewan for a minimum of 12 months. Grandparent registration will cease to exist after October 31, 2015.

In addition to the criteria specified in By-Law Article IV, Section K, applicants may be granted membership as a grandparented Acupuncturist if they obtain a minimum of 110 points based upon the following standards and criteria:
1. Practice acupuncture as a dedicated profession in a capacity substantially equivalent to an acupuncture registration. Each 12 months of continuous practice will score 15 points up to a maximum of 30 points. The applicant may be asked to provide a written record from an employer or mentor stating the period of time employed or supervised and duties related to the specific areas of practice.
2. Education program(s) acceptable to the registration committee. Each year of such education will score a maximum of 25 points up to a maximum of 50 points.
3. Apprenticeship program acceptable to the registration committee. Each year of such education will score 25 points up to a maximum of 50 points. The applicant may be asked to provide a written record from an employer or mentor stating the period of time employed or supervised and duties related to the specific areas of practice.
4. Acupuncture licensure in another jurisdiction acceptable to the registration committee. Such license may score 25 points.
5. Other professional activities acceptable to the registration committee to a maximum of 20 points.

This policy may be revised from time to time upon approval by the Board of Directors
The Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societyaboutus (PTCMAAS) is a non-profit organization working towards the safe and professional practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Saskatchewan.  Our goals are to encourage the integration of Acupuncture and TCM into health care in the province of Saskatchewan; enlighten public understanding of Acupuncture and TCM; and promote the health benefits of Acupuncture and TCM.  Safety is encouraged by our members through fostering professional development and establishing standards for practitioner education.


History of our Organization
historyIn the fall of 2003, several young TCM practitioners who had recently opened clinics in Saskatchewan were interested in sharing professional knowledge and experiences. The Regina Mosaic cultural festival had a Chinese Pavilion which wanted to demonstrate Chinese Medicine. With guidance from experienced TCM practitioners, several people organized an information booth offering Chinese herbal tea, acupuncture demonstrations, explanations about TCM and contact information about practitioners. This small group grew as more practitioners moved to (or moved back to) Saskatchewan and as connections with established practitioners developed.

Over the years, we organized professional education workshops, held annual public education events, consulted with other health associations, and worked on association infrastructure.  Our Society is currently a growing forum and meeting place for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture professionals in Saskatchewan.
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Table of Contents from the Society's Bylaws:

Table of Contents
ARTICLE I -- ORGANIZATION
    Section A. Name
    Section B. Incorporation 
    Section C. Office Address 
ARTICLE II -- GOALS AND DEFINITIONS
    Section A. Goals
    Section B. Definitions
ARTICLE III -- VOTING AND NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIP 
    Section A. Professional (Voting) Membership
    Section B. Associate (Non-Voting) Membership
ARTICLE IV -- PROFESSIONAL (VOTING) MEMBERSHIP
    Section A. Levels of Professional (Voting) Membership
    Section B. Eligibility for Membership
    Section C. Maintaining Membership and Public Safety 
    Section D. Maintaining Membership Competence
    Section E. Education Standards for Membership 
    Section F. Standing in Other Jurisdictions 
    Section G. Health Information Privacy 
    Section H. Patient Records
    Section I. Business Operations
    Section J. Informed Consent
    Section K. Grandparent Registration
ARTICLE V -- PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS
    Section A. Board of Directors
    Section B. Terms of Office
ARTICLE VI --BOARD AUTHORITY 
    Section A. Quorum
    Section B. Duties of the Board 
    Section C. Procedures for Changes in Bylaws and Policy 
    Section D. Emergency Issues
    Section E. Disagreements with Board Votes
ARTICLE VII -- COMPENSATION TO BOARD MEMBERS
    Section A. Compensation for Board Duties
    Section B. Employment by the Board 
ARTICLE VIII -- OFFICERS AND DUTIES 
    Section A. Election of Officers
    Section B. the Officers and Their Duties
ARTICLE IX -- ELECTIONS AND VOTING
    Section A. Eligible Voters
    Section B. Nominations
    Section C. Campaigning
    Section D. Elections
    Section E. Election Protests
ARTICLE X -- MEETINGS
    Section A. Rules of Order
    Section B. Board Meetings
    Section C. Annual General Meeting
    Section D. Notice of Meetings
    Section E. Meeting Agendas
ARTICLE XI -- COMMITTEES
ARTICLE XII -- FINANCES
   Section A. Financial Oversight and Approval 
   Section B. Fiscal Year
ARTICLE XIII --NON-DISCRIMINATION
    Addendum 1
    Acupuncture Program Education Standards for Acupuncturist Membership
    Addendum 2
    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbology Program Education Standards for
    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist Level of Membership
    Addendum 3
    Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Program Education Standards for
    Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Level of Membership
    Addendum 4
    Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program Education Standards for
    Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Level of Membership
ADDENDUM 5
    Scope of Practice
 boardbust President   
Kathryn Martin
Regina, SK
Janis Krause photo 20160210 Vice-President
Janis Krause
Regina, SK
Secretary   
Kim Marshall
Prince Albert, SK

boardbust Treasurer      
Min Gao
Regina, SK
     YuhongXing Director  
Yuhong Xing
Regina, SK
 20170613 110327 Director      
Nahid Mobini
Saskatoon, SK
 davidip Director    
David Ip
Lumsden, SK
       
We would like to send out a warm THANK YOU! to past Board members of the Society.
Board of Directors 2016-2017
  • President                  David Ip, Lumsden, Saskatchewan
  • Vice-President          Janis Krause, Melfort, Saskatchewan
  • Secretary                  Matthew Norick, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Treasurer                  Deenna Haubold, Glenbush, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Kim Johnson, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Kathryn Martin, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Yuhong Xing, Regina, Saskatchewan



Board of Directors 2015-2016

  • President                  David Ip, Lumsden, Saskatchewan
  • Vice-President          Anyi Wang, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Secretary                  Matthew Norick, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Treasurer                  Deenna Haubold, Glenbush, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Kim Johnson, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Xinming Song, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Yuhong Xing, Regina, Saskatchewan

Board of Directors 2014-2015

  • President                  David Ip, Lumsden, Saskatchewan
  • Vice-President          Anyi Wang, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Secretary                  Matthew Norick, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Treasurer                  Deenna Haubold, Glenbush, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Michelle Harvey, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Xinming Song, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Glenda Neil, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Board of Directors 2013-2014
  • President                  David Ip, Lumsden, Saskatchewan
  • Vice-President          Anyi Wang, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Secretary                  Matthew Norick, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Treasurer                  Deenna Haubold, Glenbush, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Michelle Harvey, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Xinming Song, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Yuhong Xing, Regina, Saskatchewan

Board of Directors 2012-2013
  • President                  Michelle Harvey, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Vice-President          Anyi Wang, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Secretary                  David Ip, Lumsden, Saskatchewan
  • Treasurer                  Kim Chau, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Xinming Song, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Yuhong Xing, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Director-at-Large      Yuchen Wang, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan