The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) is a professional regulatory body that exercises authority delegated by the provincial government through BC’s Health Professions Act. As mandated by the Act, CMTBC regulates the profession of massage therapy in the public interest to ensure that registered massage therapists (RMTs) in BC deliver safe, ethical, and effective treatment.
CMTBC’s regulatory responsibilities include the following:
CMTBC is a member of the BC Health Regulators, a group made up of the 20 regulatory colleges constituted under the Health Professions Act. These colleges meet regularly to share information and work on the development of common practices and standards, with a view to enhancing patient safety and public protection in BC.
Not all provinces in Canada have instituted statutory regulation of massage therapy. CMTBC coordinates with its fellow massage therapy regulators in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland by means of the Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC), which provides a platform for discussion of regulatory issues on a national level.
CMTBC’s Board approved a three-year Strategic Plan for 2020-2022, which superseded the 2015-2020 strategic plan. The Strategic Plan includes the following vision, mandate, and regulatory principles, which reflect the Board’s continuing commitment as a governance body to regulate in the public interest. Starting in early 2020, CMTBC’s senior staff began to create the necessary operational plans to give effect to the strategic priorities identified by the Board.
To be innovators and leaders in public-focused health care regulation
Through regulation, we protect the public’s right to safe, ethical, and effective massage therapy
We will continue to develop clear, consistent standards of practice and professional ethics for massage therapists. The standards will be patient-centred and reinforced through a new evidence-informed quality assurance program.
We will build and solidify resilient human, technological and office infrastructure and systems.
We will maintain and improve rigorous and consistent entry to practice requirements and processes in British Columbia and promote harmonization of standards across regulated jurisdictions in Canada.
We will continue to strengthen communication with registrants.
We will identify and strengthen productive stakeholder relationships in the public interest.