The Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners, a certified educational institution by the Minister of Human Resources under Sections 118.5 and 118.6 of the Income Tax Act, is a complementary health care organization which has, since 1991, set professional and measurable working standards for the field of complementary health care. This has been done in order to promote and support effective, safe, and ethical holistic health care practices. In order to receive Board designations — recognized by the Holistic Practitioners Business Bylaw of Toronto and federally recognized across Canada — practitioners must have graduated from one of our 27 approved institutions which teach complementary health care programs that meet our stringent professional standards.
During the past decade the interest in the field of complementary medicine in North America has increased considerably. A variety of factors ranging from the negative impact of western pharmaceutical products to a search for cost efficient healthcare have contributed to a growing interest in this sector of health services.
The study of specializations in alternative medicine and the desire to make a career choice in this field is rapidly increasing. Recognition of a particular specialization in alternative medicine as complementary to allopathic treatment is leading to a greater need to prepare well-trained practitioners in the respective areas of alternative medicine.
Consequently, there is an imminent need to ensure high standards of skills development for the alternative medicine practitioner and quality care and safety for the consumer. The Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners Inc. (CEBHCP) has undertaken the challenge of developing and maintaining a standard of professional qualifications and practice in the field of alternative medicine.
The Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners is providing a leadership role to enhance the credibility of the field of alternative medicine. In pursuing this goal the CEBHCP awards designations to those who meet the educational criteria for their respective field of study.
1. Curriculum Development
It is imperative that any recipient of a body of knowledge and skills in the field of alternative medicine becomes effective in the practice of specialization. The CEBHCP reaches out to the teaching facilities involved in this field to assess the respective curricula and determine their course content for possible upgrading.
2. Continuing Education
In order to keep abreast of new knowledge and skills every practitioner is required to take advantage of continuing education sponsored by the CEBHCP.
3. Accreditation of Teaching Centres
With a view to ensuring high standards of knowledge and skills the CEBHCP has established a process of accreditation of learning centres. Board-approval is issued to Centres complying with CEBHCP standards.
4. Certification of Graduates
Based on the recommendations by the teaching centres, graduates are awarded certification for their respective field of expertise.
5. Public Education
The CEBHCP is making its presence known in the field of complementary medicine through a number of initiatives such as major conferences, seminars and workshops opened to the health care practitioners and public.
6. International Accreditation and Certification
Through the international network of education institutions and practitioners the CEBHCP has undertaken to process international accreditation and certification of graduates.
7. Research and Publication
At this stage of development of complementary medicine the CEBHCP sees the value in facilitating the research associated with the respective specializations and validates the appropriate treatment modalities.