Acupuncture is Regulated in Alberta

To protect public interest, acupuncture has been regulated by the government since 1988 under the Health Disciplines Act. Effective as of January 1, 2011, the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (the “CAAA”) was designated by the government to regulate the acupuncture profession.

Section 2(1) of the Health Disciplines Act states,
“No person other than a registered member of a designated health discipline shall
(a) use the name of the designated health discipline, alone or in combination with other words, in a manner so as to express or imply that the person is a registered member of that designated health discipline, or

(b) use any name, title, description or abbreviation in any manner so as to express or imply that the person is a registered member of that designated health discipline.”

Obviously, according to the Act, the title “Acupuncturist” or “Registered Acupuncturist” is reserved for members of the CAAA. Acupuncture service is legitimately provided by registered members of the CAAA.

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