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Law & Standards

The CMTBC Bylaws define professional standards for RMTs, quality assurance requirements, and other provisions that govern the College.

Massage therapy practice in British Columbia is regulated within a framework that starts with the Health Professions Act, but also includes regulations made under that Act, other provincial legislation applicable to health professionals, and CMTBC’s Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice.

The Health Professions Act and the Health Professions General Regulation provide the general framework for the regulation of BC health professions. The Massage Therapists Regulation is specific to massage therapy in BC. See Health Professions Act & Regulations.

The Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act and Personal Information Protection Act are two other acts that apply to RMTs as well as other health professionals. See Other Legislation for RMTs.

The CMTBC Bylaws do a number of things. Among other things, they:

  • Set out rules for governance and administration of the College
  • Define the requirements that RMTs must meet in areas such as registration renewal and quality assurance
  • Set out entry-to-practice requirements for applicants for initial registration, and
  • Establish fees.

Changes to the Bylaws require Board and Ministry of Health approval. Any proposed changes to the Bylaws can be viewed on the Proposed Bylaw Amendments page.

The Code of Ethics outlines the expectations for ethical massage therapy practice.

CMTBC Standards of Practice define the minimum level of expected performance for RMTs. CMTBC is continuing to develop new standards of practice, each of which will be posted when it is ready for comment on the Proposed Standards of Practice page.

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