Home

About the
College of Homeopaths
Regulation of Homeopathy How to Register with the College Contact
Benefits
Legislation
Standards and Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
 
 

Patient Choice

1. How will regulation improve public access to homeopaths?

The College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) has set requirements for entry to the profession. The CHO is responsible for registering homeopaths, setting professional practice standards and guidelines, monitoring homeopaths' competence through a quality assurance program, investigating complaints and reports against homeopaths, and disciplining those registrants who have committed acts of professional misconduct or who are incompetent or incapacitated. These processes protect the public interest.

A public register of homeopaths will be maintained, and will include the name, business address and business telephone number of every registered homeopath and every homeopathic corporation. The public register will also include any terms, conditions and/or limitations affecting an individual homeopath's ability to practice and the results of any disciplinary or incapacity proceedings. The register will help the public to be confident that homeopaths certified by the College meet the required education, training and competency standards.

The regulatory framework also provides the public with a mechanism for complaints and resolution if they are not satisfied with their care.

Regulatory Framework

1. What is the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO)?

It is NOT an educational institution or an advocacy association.

Under Ontario law, the CHO has established a process to regulate the profession of homeopathy in the public interest. The College is the ONLY organization authorized to assess applicants and determine who is qualified to practise homeopathy in Ontario.

Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), any organization that falsely holds itself out as a body that regulates individuals in homeopathic practice would be liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 for a first offence and not more than $200,000 for a second or subsequent offence. This includes organizations claiming to assess and/or certify individuals' competence for the purpose of practising homeopathy in Ontario.

2. What does the Homeopathy Act, 2007 do?

The Homeopathy Act, 2007 established the College of Homeopaths of Ontario, which is responsible for governing the profession to ensure the public is protected and the public interest is served.

It sets out:

  • The scope of practice of homeopathy, defined as "...the assessment of body system disorders and treatment using homeopathic techniques to promote, maintain or restore health";

  • Title protection authorizing only registrants to use the title "homeopath", a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language;

  • The composition of the Council;

And it empowers:

  • Appointment of the Council and Registrar by the Lieutenant Governor in Council;

  • The Council and Registrar to do anything that is necessary to implement the Homeopathy Act, 2007 and the RHPA.

3. Now that the Homeopathy Act, 2007 has received Royal Assent, can I claim to be a regulated health professional?

No. A practitioner can only make that claim once they are registered with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.  

4. What was the role of the transitional Council?

During the transitional period, the transitional Council was responsible for establishing the College of Homeopaths of Ontario. It exercised the powers of a council of a health regulatory college, and carried out the statutory objectives of a college to serve and protect the public interest as set out in the Homeopathy Act, 2007, the RHPA, 1991 and the Health Professions Procedural Code. Between its inception in 2009 and proclamation of the Homeopathy Act, 2007 on April 1, 2015, the transitional Council:

  • Established an accountability agreement with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC);
  • Established, in collaboration with the Registrar, administrative processes and the infrastructure necessary for the College to operate;
  • Developed by-laws, professional ethics, policies and guidelines;
  • Developed competencies and practice standards, and registration, professional misconduct, and quality assurance regulations;
  • Developed processes to assess and register applicants;
  • Developed processes to handle complaints and the discipline of registrants;
  • Developed communication programs to reach the profession, public and other stakeholders.

5. Who sits on the College's Council?

Appointments to the Council, both public and professional, are made by the Ontario Government, or more specifically, by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, with the process itself being administered by the Public Appointments Secretariat, an agency of the Ontario Government. The Council is comprised of a mix of homeopathy professionals and public appointees.

Selection of an individual for appointment to the Council is based on the person's expertise, knowledge and experience. The individual may have clinical or academic expertise in the practice of homeopathy, health professional regulation, and/or health or public administration. Persons with a demonstrated interest or experience in public service may also be appointed. Each is expected to serve in his/her individual capacity rather than as a representative of any organization or any interest/advocacy group to which they may belong. Appointments may be for a one or two year term. Individuals may be reappointed.

The transitional Council was time-limited. It existed until it had developed a framework to permit the College to fully undertake its regulatory functions. At that time the transitional Council ceased to exist and the regular Council of the College was established. Following elections later this year, the new Council will be comprised of up to nine professionals elected from the College membership by the registrants themselves. There will also be up to eight public appointees.

6. What is the role of the Registrar?

The Registrar is the chief operating officer and administrator of the CHO, reporting to the Council and the MOHLTC and supporting the Council in developing and implementing policies, bylaws and regulations governing the practice of homeopathy. The Registrar is also responsible for day-to-day operations and has statutory duties under the RHPA, 1991.

Registration

1. When do I need to register with the CHO?

Now that the Homeopathy Act, 2007 is in full force, anyone using the title "homeopath" or holding themselves out as a homeopath must be registered with the College. Although the full force of the Homeopathy Act, 2007 did not take effect until April 1, 2015., the transitional Council began accepting applications for registration late in 2014.

2. How do I register with CHO?

The College has provided information on the qualifications, competencies, procedures, categories, fees, documentation and other requirements necessary for registration application on the registration page of this site.

3. Will there be a full-time and part-time registration fee?

No.

4. What will happen if I do not register with CHO?

Now that the College of Homeopaths of Ontario and the Homeopathy Act, 2007 are in full force, a person cannot call him or her self a homeopath, advertise as such, and/or hold himself or herself out as a homeopath, unless registered. To do otherwise is illegal. Anyone found guilty could face a fine of not more than $25,000 for a first offence and up to $50,000 for subsequent offenses. One could also be imprisoned for one year, or be fined and imprisoned. These offense provisions are set out in the RHPA and are common to all regulated health professions.

Further, any person using the title "homeopath", a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language while not being registered with the College, or who claims to be a "Doctor" of homeopathy, could face a fine of up to $25,000 for a first offense and up to $50,000 for subsequent offenses.

5. Does membership in an association or organization mean automatic registration with CHO?

No, membership in an association is not equivalent to registration with CHO. Registration is based on whether an individual practitioner meets the CHO's registration qualifications, competencies and other requirements. Membership in one or more professional associations has no bearing on registration with the College.

6. Will CHO be grandparenting current practitioners?

Grandparenting refers to the process of registering practising homeopaths who meet the registration qualifications and other requirements determined at the time of proclamation and when TC-CHO begins to process applications. Additional standards or requirements may be implemented after the initial registration period.

Public safety will be the number one priority when it comes to considering policies on grandparenting.

7. Will TC-CHO offer registration examinations?

No. See the individual assessment page for details on how the competence of individual homeopaths will be evaluated.

8. How will regulation affect naturopaths who practice homeopathy?

There are a number of health care professionals who practice homeopathy in conjunction with their primary form of service. The transitional Council, in consultation with practitioners and other regulatory boards, has developed a policy regarding the matter of dual registration.

9. Will the Ontario Health Insurance Plan now cover homeopathic services?

The regulation of a profession does not confer a duty on the government to pay for its services. Only a few of the regulated health professions are funded by OHIP on a fee-for-service basis. Private insurance carriers may choose to cover homeopathic care and employers may provide benefits through extended health care plans. The decision to cover services is at the discretion of the employer and insurance carrier.

10. Will every TC-CHO registrant be required to practice in English or French?

Reasonable fluency in English or French is important since it is necessary for communication with other health care professionals, hospitals, community health institutions and to understand the laws governing the health care system in Ontario and Canada.

Use of Title

1. My education grants me the right to use the "doctor" title. Does this new legislation allow me to use the title "doctor"?

Practitioners of homeopathy cannot use the "doctor" title, a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language when providing or offering to provide health care in Ontario.

Currently, under section 33 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), no one is allowed to use the title "doctor," its variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language when providing or offering to provide health care in Ontario, unless he/she is a registrant of:

(a) the College of Chiropractors of Ontario;
(b) the College of Optometrists of Ontario;
(c) the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario;
(d) the College of Psychologists of Ontario; or
(e) the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

A person who breaches section 33 may be prosecuted in the Provincial Offences Act Court. If the person is convicted, he/she is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 for a first offence and not more than $50,000 for a second or subsequent offence.

When the Homeopathy Act, 2007 is proclaimed into force full, the registered title will be "homeopath."

To see the full text of section 33 of the RHPA click here.

Information for Students or Prospective Students

1. When registration becomes mandatory, how will TC-CHO deal with students who are in the middle of their educational programs?

The transitional Council is determining how it will approach the registration of students who are in the middle of their programs. More details will be available shortly. The Council is required to consider public safety as the number one priority when considering registration issues.

2. I have heard that some organizations are claiming that their program will lead to registration with the regulatory body. Is this true?

No, this claim is false. Homeopathic education institutes will be encouraged to set their program curricula to meet or exceed the regulatory requirements. 

3. I would like to enroll in a homeopathic program; how can I be sure that the program is recognized and my rights will be protected?

TC-CHO is currently in a transition phase. During this time, the transitional Council is developing regulations and policies, including setting entry-to-practice requirements and standards of practice, in order to register homeopathic practitioners. Once the transitional Council completes this work, TC-CHO will be able to evaluate the educational qualifications of individual applicants. Until then it is not possible to say which programs or courses, if any, will be recognized.

 

The Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario
163 Queen Street East, Fourth Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1S1
Tel: 416 862 4780 Fax: 416 874 4077
info@collegeofhomeopaths.on.ca

We welcome your comments, questions and requests for information.
Website Privacy Policy © 2015 Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario. All rights reserved.