CMAAC, the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada, is a non-profit, charitable organization registered with the Federal Government. From its inception in 1983, its mandate has been to lobby for regulation of TCM and Acupuncture for the best interests of the public and to protect the high repute of the TCM community. There are eight chapter offices across Canada along with chapters in Hong Kong. In 1987, CMAAC became a member society of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) which is the only international acupuncture organization recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The CMAAC objectives include the:
- unification of practitioners of Eastern and Western Medicine;
- establishment of high standards of education and training for practitioners;
- promotion of TCM and Acupuncture;
- organization of international symposiums, and attendance at International Conferences to assist in the scientific exchange of research,
- education of the public; and
- protection of endangered species in partnership with World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF).
In all these areas, we have achieved great success. TCM and Acupuncture is now a valuable part of mainstream culture thanks in part to the efforts of our members who have united behind a code of ethics. CMAAC has fostered alliances with the provincial and federal governments, and assists the Ministry of Health on many assignments.
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CMAAC Newsletter: Read our October issue
World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies: 8th World Conference on Acupuncture Nov. 1, 2013
November 2-4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. CMAAC is looking forward to strong represention at this event!
WFAS is an international acupuncture organization recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) and Non-Govermental Organizations (NGOs). Representing over 54 regions (and over 250,000 members around the world), WFAS continues to collaborate with WHO to support the globalization of the profession and standards of TCM and Acupuncture (TCM/A).
CMAAC has represented Canada for WFAS -at a legislative and academic level - since WFAS was first established back in 1987. CMAAC is renown as a hard-working and proactive group, and CMAAC will continue to help promote the mandates of WFAS and WHO - "Health for All".
Those CMAAC members who are attending the WFAS Sydney 2013 has volunteered their time and expense to show support on behalf of Canadian TCM/A practitioners. Let's give our acknowledgment and appreciation of our following delegates, with their roles, as indicated:
(Saskatchewan) Diana Zhang- Chapter President for CMAAC, Executive Member of WFAS
(Ontario) Prof. Cedric Cheung - Vice-President (Canada) for WFAS, presenting Academic Paper on "Relating Phlegm and Treatment of Gastric Carcinoma"
(Ontario) Prof. Bin Jiang Wu - Executive Member of WFAS, Vice-President (Academic Program) for CMAAC, presenting Academic Paper on "Top Ten Trends on Internationalization of Traditional Chinese Medicine"
(Ontario) Yifang Tian, Board of Director for CMAAC, presenting Academic Paper on "Xuanyuan Auricular Acupuncture: Targeting Weight Loss"
(Ontario) Ermin Zhu, presenting Academic Paper on " Understanding of the Two Fundamental Questions on Point Selection in Acupuncture Treatment"
(Ontario) Jane Cheung, Vice-President(External Relations) for CMAAC, presenting the bid for CMAAC to host WFAS Toronto 2015
(Nova Scotia) Diana Tong Li, Chapter President of CMAAC; co-presenting, with Franklyn Chen, Academic Papers on 1) "A Study on the Pregnancy Rate When Using Acupuncture Treatment for Infertility patients Undergoing IVF" and, 2) "A Special Five Elements Acupuncture Treatment for Whiplash Syndrome"
(Oct. 24) Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day (AOM Day)
CMAAC sends a letter of greeting to our colleagues in the United States. We wish them a successful event in promoting the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Profession.
(Nova Scotia) Global News June 20th, 2013: Interview with Chapter President Diana Tong Li on TCM and Fertility
Dr. Diana Tong Li, our Chapter President for Nova Scotia, was interviewed by Global News/Health Matters on 'TCM and Infertility'.
(New Brunswick) Chapter President Steve Lambert Appointed as Member of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Three new members have been appointed to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. They are Donald Gauvin, a retired teacher from Tremblay; Steve Lambert, an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner from Campbellton; and George R. Richmond, a lawyer from Fredericton. "I am delighted to welcome these three new members to the commission," said Randy Dickinson, chair of the commission. "They have shown great deal of dedication and leadership in their careers. I look forward to working with them to advance equality in New Brunswick."
CMAAC 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (CMAAC30) was a profound success!
CMAAC 30 in the MEDIA NEWS! April 30, 2013
(April 1, 2013) A Call to Action! Canada, it's time!
HST Exemption for Acupuncture Services Provided by TCM and Acupuncture Professionals
The Federal Finance Minister’s Office had indicated to us that once a profession has been regulated as a health profession by at least five provinces, the services of that profession may be exempted from the GST/HST in Canada. Finally, with five regulated provinces in place, our acupuncture service will be eligible for the GST/HST exemption. We must emphasize that the HST exemption DOES NOT happen automatically; we as TCM/A practitioners may be entitled to an exemption but we will need to request and confirm that this is what our profession, throughout Canada, truly wants. Please read more and see the simple things the TCM community and the public can help!
UPDATE, April 27, 2013:Associations from five regulated provinces and supporting provinces (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI) are collaborating as ONE GROUP ,the Canadian Coalition of Acupuncture Associations (CCTAA), for this HST-exemption project.
Update from World Health Organization (WHO, Nov. 29, 2012) on Traditional Medicine
The future is looking healthy for traditional medicine (which includes Chinese herbs) in this article.
CTCMPAO Updates : www.ctcmpao.on.ca
- Pan-Canadian Written and Clinical Case-Study Examinations for TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists >>For General Class R.TCMP and R.Ac. (Note: Grandparented Class is NOT required to write the test) June 19, 2013
- The CTCMPAO has included a list of registered TCM practitioners and Acupuncturists for the public to find. More names will be added as practitioners wait for the registration acceptability. April 1, 2013
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