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Resources for Registrants

The following are important resources for registrants to consult on a range of topics relevant to the practice of massage therapy in BC. Follow the links for more information about each topic.

CMTBC Standards of Practice: Standards of Practice define the minimum level of expected performance for RMTs, and therefore define what constitutes safe, ethical, and competent delivery of care by RMTs.

Approved Standards of Practice are in the following areas:

  • Boundaries: RMTs are required to set and maintain appropriate professional boundaries with each patient. Read the Boundaries page.
  • Consent: RMTs are required to obtain informed consent to treatment. Obtaining consent is both a professional and legal obligation. Read the Consent page.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: RMTs are required to incorporate an evidence-based practice approach into their practice. A page on Evidence-Based Practice will be posted in Resources for Registrants by the end of January 2024.
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety, Humility, and Anti-Racism: RMTs are required to provide culturally safe and anti-racist care for Indigenous patients. Read the Indigenous Cultural Safety, Humility, and Anti-Racism Applications to Practice.
  • Practice Environment: RMTs have requirements for maintaining the physical environment where they deliver treatment and provide care to patients, and for maintaining the objects and equipment within that environment. Read the Practice Environment page.
  • Scope of Practice: There are clear expectations for RMTs on the activities that they are educated and authorized to perform. Read the Scope of Practice page.

Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements: RMTs are required to follow fundamental safety practices to ensure the health and safety of everyone in their practice environment. Read the Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements.

Patient Relations Program: CMTBC’s Patient Relations program exists to prevent sexual misconduct by providing information and guidance to registrants on patient-therapist boundaries, consent to treatment, and other topics related to the patient-therapist relationship. Read the Patient Relations Program page.

Record-keeping: The CMTBC Bylaws set out rules for record-keeping for RMTs. The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) also applies to RMTs. Read the Record-keeping page.

Advertising & Title Use: CMTBC’s Bylaws contain rules about advertising by RMTs. There is also a restriction on the use of specialist titles. Read the Advertising & Title Use page.

Terminating a Therapeutic Relationship: An RMT may terminate a therapeutic relationship in specific circumstances. Read the Terminating a Therapeutic Relationship page.

Duty to Report: RMTs have reporting obligations under the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA). Read the Duty to Report page.

Fraudulent Use of RMT Numbers: RMTs should carefully safeguard their registration numbers from fraudulent use. Read the Fraudulent Use of RMT Numbers page.

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