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Deborah Lynn Adderley RMT

BC Laws for RMTs

 

Registered Massage Therapists in BC are governed by, but not limited to, the following Laws:

College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC)
Purpose: For protecting the public, and defining how RMTs practice and conduct business

Laws and Standards

Health Professions Act

CMTBC is one of 20 health regulatory colleges in BC governed by the Health Professions Act. The Act mandates the colleges to govern their registrants in the public interest. As outlined in section 16 (1),of the Act it is the duty of a college:

     To serve and protect the public.
     To exercise its powers and discharge its responsibilities under all enactments in the public interest.

Health Professions General Regulation

The Health Professions General Regulation provides further clarification of the Health Professions Act, including: 

     The prescribed periods for disposing of complaints.
     The standard form Oath of Office for Board members.
     The reasons for refusing to disclose information contained in the register.

Massage Therapists Regulation

     The Massage Therapists Regulation defines what constitutes massage therapy, as well as:

     Naming CMTBC as the regulatory college for massage therapy.
     Granting titles reserved for the exclusive use of registrants.
     Placing restrictions on the practice of massage therapy

Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act

The Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA) sets out a patient’s right to give or refuse consent to health care, defines what constitutes ‘consent’, and articulates the obligation of health care providers – including massage therapists – to obtain consent for treatment. The Ministry of Heath has published a guide to the HCCCFAA (PDF). Registrants should also be aware that the CMTBC Consent Standard of Practice defines expectations for RMTs in terms of how to obtain consent from patients for delivery of massage therapy

Infants Act

The Infants Act sets out the requirements for obtaining consent from a minor or “infant” (legally defined as an individual under the age of 19 years). The Infants Act defines the conditions under which infants (minors) are legally able to consent to their own medical treatment. Registrants should also be aware that the CMTBC Consent Standard of Practice defines expectations for RMTs in terms of how to obtain consent from patients for delivery of massage therapy

Personal Information Protection Act

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) is legislation that applies to the great majority of RMTs in British Columbia. It sets out the general rules that apply to the protection of patients’ personal information, and the obligations of registrants to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has published a guide to PIPA (PDF). Registrants should also be aware of Schedule ‘E’ to the College’s Bylaws, which sets out registrants’ obligations to abide by all applicable legal requirements regarding privacy and confidentiality, including PIPA.

Criminal Records Review Act
Purpose: updating an RMT’s Criminal Record check every 5 years

http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_96086_01

Limitation Act 
Purpose: for the length of time all Health Records must be kept

http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_12013_01

Child, Family and Community Service Act
Purpose: for reporting cases of child neglect or abuse

http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_96046_01

Duty to Report

Registered massage therapists should be aware of their reporting obligations under the Health Professions Act, the Criminal Records Review Act, and the Child, Family and Community Service Act