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Canadian Homeopathy Act, 2007 will be Proclaimed on April 1, 2015

March 31, 2015

Following receipt of final government approval and publication in the March 14, 2015 edition of the Ontario Gazette, the transitional Council is pleased to announce that the Homeopathy Act, 2007 will be proclaimed on April 1, 2015.

This momentous event represents the culmination of years spent developing a framework for the self-regulation of homeopathy. Accountability and public protection go hand in hand. It marks the beginning of a new phase for both the public and the profession.

What Proclamation Means
On April 1, 2015, the Homeopathy Act, 2007 will be proclaimed and the transitional Council will become the College of Homeopaths, vested with the full power of the legislation, including the authority to register homeopaths, administer a quality assurance program, and receive and investigate complaints and reports. Also on that date, a public register of registrants will be added to the College’s website, allowing for public access to information about practitioners’ registration status. 

As of the proclamation date, only those who have been issued a certificate of registration by the College can use the title "homeopath" and/or hold themselves out as homeopaths.

What this means for practitioners:

The regulation of homeopathy has been long awaited by many homeopaths in Ontario. Those who have decided to join the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) have had to demonstrate competency in homeopathic knowledge and safety, complete a jurisprudence course and have a current certificate of First-Aid/CPR, professional liability insurance and other relevant legal papers. As with any major change, some adaptation will be needed by the profession but some great benefits are expected to be seen, such as:

  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • The potential to participate in patient-centered multidisciplinary care facilities
  • Greater assurance of public protection, leading to greater public awareness and confidence in what homeopaths have to offer.
  • The potential for patients to access insurance benefits for treatment.
  •  An increased level of patient interest in homeopathy as a treatment option, potentially leading to an increase in the patient population for homeopaths both collectively and individually.

As of April 1, 2015, the public of Ontario will have access to standardized homeopathic care and the reassurance that their consulting homeopaths are accountable under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and must therefore follow proper ethical and professional conduct. The regulation will also ensure that homeopaths have expert training in the application of the Law of Similars and principles of the Organon.