Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine

 
Regulation Update - Ontario, Canada:
After 13 years of tireless efforts from some individuals, in March 2005 the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario (MHTLC) referred the homeopathic submission to the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC). Since April 2005 HPRAC has been dialoguing with the homeopathic stakeholders and will communicate their recommendation to MHLTC by March 2006. This could mean that the Ontario Ministry of Health may recommend homeopathy to be self regulated.

Just recently, in December 2005, the ministry has made official their recommendation for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to be regulated. We hope that they will continue to protect the public by allowing homeopathy to be self regulated, it could only benefit the Ontario public by guaranteeing that homeopathic practitioners are trained to the highest academic and ethical guidelines as recommended in the homeopathic submission to HPRAC.

The homeopathic submission was first sent to HPRAC in 1999, authored by our president Fernando Ania, ND, HD, and included the detailed information and rational why homeopathy needed to be self regulated. It also included the academic and ethical standards recommended as minimum for those who may be applying to become registered as homeopathic practitioners. These standards were written by Dr. Fernando Ania and were accepted in 1995 as the minimum standards of the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada (HMCC). Other associations, under the umbrella of the HMCC, adopted the HMCC standards, mainly the Ontario Homeopathic Association (OHA) and the Pacific Homeopathic Association of B.C. The OHA was founded by Fernando Ania in 1992 and he was its president until 1995, when he resigned to become the Governmental Chair Affairs until 1999. Dr. Ania was as well the founder of the protection title, including the HD title (homeopathic doctor), which is on the recommended titles for protection in the 1999 and 2005 homeopathic submission to HPRAC. The same submission of 1995 was slightly modified and resubmitted to HPRAC in March 2005.

Therefore, the Homeopathic College of Canada is proud to be in the front run of the profession, since we have been the main proponents of the HMCC standards since 1995, and our curriculum, is closely monitored by our president and author of the standards in the document that HPRAC is considering for the self regulation of the homeopathic profession in Ontario. These standards belong to its author and the HMCC.
   
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