To protect the public, the acupuncture profession has been regulated in Alberta since 1988 under the Health Disciplines Act (hereinafter, “Act”), and has since been governed by the Acupuncture Committee established under the Act.
In November 2006, an interim council of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (the “CAAA”) was created with collaboration of three professional associations, namely, the Acupuncture Society of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors, and the Canadian Health Profession Acupuncture Society. In April 2010, the CAAA held its first election.
The CAAA was designated by the Minister of Health to regulate the acupuncture profession in the public interest effective as of January 1, 2011. As the governing body, the CAAA is responsible to ensure that members have the proper education and training to provide competent and ethical services to the public.
As of December 30, 2020, the acupuncture profession is now regulated under the Health Professions Act and was renamed the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (the “CAA”).
The CAA serves the public interest and supports the acupuncture profession by setting high standards of practice, education, competence and ethical conduct.