December 9, 2020
RE: Announcement of Transition to the HPA
I am pleased to share with you that Orders in Council (OCs) to transition the acupuncturists profession to the Health Professions Act (HPA) were signed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and filed on December 2, 2020. OC 375/2020 proclaims relevant sections and Schedule 1 (Acupuncturists Profession) of the HPA into force, effective December 30, 2020. OC 376/2020 is the new Acupuncturists Profession Regulation, which comes into effect on December 30, 2020, the date on which Schedule 1 is proclaimed into force. This is a significant milestone for our profession.
Our profession will now join all other regulated health professions in the province under the HPA which provides a more modern and patient-focused governance structure and we’ll be required to meet the same transparency and accountability mechanisms. For example, the HPA establishes
- Increased public member representation on college councils, hearing tribunals and complaint review committees to 50 per cent;
- Provisions to address sexual abuse of, and sexual misconduct towards, patients by regulated health professionals;
- More administratively fair appeal processes; and
- A role for the Ombudsman to review and make recommendations on a college’s processes.
I want to extend my appreciation to council members, office staff, and legal counsel for their extreme hard work and dedication to the task of HPA transition. I would also like to thank the membership, the schools and other stakeholders for their trust, support and understanding.
While there will be many challenges and tasks ahead of us, this is an exciting time and we can meet these challenges by working together.
Fu-lin Wang, President
College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta