An Act respecting acupuncture

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chapter A-5.1

An Act respecting acupuncture

The Minister of Justice is entrusted with the application of this Act. Order in Council 363-2014 dated 24 April 2014, (2014) 146 G.O. 2 (French), 1873.

DIVISION I 
DEFINITIONS

Interpretation:

1. In this Act and the regulations enacted under its authority, unless the context indicates a different meaning, the following terms mean:

“acupuncturist” or “member”;

“acupuncturist” or “member”: any person entered on the roll of the Order;

“board of directors”;

“board of directors”: the board of directors of the Order;

“Order”;

“Order”: the Ordre des acupuncteurs du Québec, constituted by this Act;

“permit”;

“permit”: a permit issued in accordance with this Act and the Professional Code (chapter C-26);

“roll”.

“roll”: the list of the members in good standing of the Order, prepared in accordance with this Act and the Professional Code.

1994, c. 37, s. 1; 2008, c. 11, s. 212.

DIVISION II 
ORDRE DES ACUPUNCTEURS DU QUÉBEC

Professional order.

2. All the persons qualified to practise acupuncture in Québec constitute a professional order called “Ordre professionnel des acupuncteurs du Québec” or “Ordre des acupuncteurs du Québec”.

1994, c. 37, s. 2.

Professional Code.

3. Subject to this Act, the Order and its members shall be governed by the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 3.

Head office.

4. The head office of the Order shall be within the territory of Ville de Montréal or at any other place in Québec determined by regulation of the board of directors pursuant to paragraph f of section 93 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 4, s. 46; 2000, c. 56, s. 219; 2008, c. 11, s. 212.

Service of proceedings.

5. Every proceeding directed against the Order must be served upon its secretary at the head office of the Order.

1994, c. 37, s. 5.

DIVISION III 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2008, c. 11, s. 212.

Governing board of directors.

6. The Order shall be governed by a board of directors constituted as prescribed in the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 6; 2008, c. 11, s. 212.

7. (This section ceased to have effect on 15 October 1994).

1994, c. 37, s. 7.

DIVISION IV 
PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE

Acts constituting practice.

8. The practice of acupuncture consists of any act of stimulation, by means of needles, of specific sites on the skin, mucous membranes or subcutaneous tissues of the human body to improve health or relieve pain.

1994, c. 37, s. 8.

Practice of acupuncture.

9. The practice by an acupuncturist of his profession includes

 (1) performing, according to the traditional oriental method, the clinical assessment of the energetic state of a person;

 (2) determining, on the basis of the clinical assessment, the appropriate energetic treatment for a person;

 (3) performing any act of stimulation of specific sites on the skin, mucous membranes or subcutaneous tissues of the human body, by any means other than needles, particularly by the use of heat, pressure, electric current or rays of light, to improve health or relieve pain.

1994, c. 37, s. 9.

10. (This section ceased to have effect on 15 October 1994).

1994, c. 37, s. 10.

Practice under other name.

11. No acupuncturist may practise acupuncture under a name other than his own.

Firm name.

Nevertheless, acupuncturists shall be allowed to practise their profession under a firm name which may be the name of one, several or all of the partners.The firm name may also include the name of any partner who has ceased to practise his profession, for a period not exceeding three years from the date on which he ceased to practise, provided the name of the partner was included in the firm name at the time he ceased to practise.

1994, c. 37, s. 11.

Field of practice.

12. In the practice of his profession, no acupuncturist may hold himself out otherwise than as an acupuncturist.

1994, c. 37, s. 12.

Professional secrecy.

13. No acupuncturist may be compelled to disclose what has been revealed to him in his professional capacity.

1994, c. 37, s. 13.

DIVISION V 
ILLEGAL PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE

Act restricted to acupuncturists.

14. Subject to the rights and privileges expressly granted by law to other professionals, no person may perform the act described in section 8 unless he is an acupuncturist.

Non-application of provision.

The first paragraph does not apply to acts that may be engaged in by a person in accordance with a regulation under paragraph h of section 94 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 14, s. 49.

Offence and penalty.

15. Every person who contravenes section 14 is liable, for each offence, to the penalties prescribed in section 188 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 15.

DIVISION VI 
AMENDING PROVISIONS

PROFESSIONAL CODE

16. (Amendment integrated into c. C-26, s. 31).

1994, c. 37, s. 16.

17. (Amendment integrated into c. C-26, s. 32).

1994, c. 37, s. 17.

18. (Amendment integrated into c. C-26, schedule I).

1994, c. 37, s. 18.

MEDICAL ACT

19. (Amendment integrated into c. M-9, s. 20).

1994, c. 37, s. 19.

20. (Omitted).

1994, c. 37, s. 20.

21. (Inoperative, 1994, c. 37, s. 50).

1994, c. 37, s. 21.

22. (Amendment integrated into c. M-9, s. 40.1).

1994, c. 37, s. 22.

23. (Amendment integrated into c. M-9, s. 43).

1994, c. 37, s. 23.

24. (Omitted).

1994, c. 37, s. 24.

25. (Amendment integrated into c. M-9, s. 45).

1994, c. 37, s. 25.

DIVISION VII 
TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Interpretation,

26. In this division,

“register of acupuncturists”;

 (1) the words “register of acupuncturists” mean the register kept by the secretary of the Collège des médecins du Québec and referred to in the provisions of subparagraph c of the first paragraph of section 20 of the Medical Act (chapter M-9);

“regulation”.

 (2) the word “Regulation” means the Regulation respecting the practice of acupuncture by persons other than physicians, approved by O.C. 1299-85 of 26 June 1985, as amended.

1994, c. 37, s. 26.

Composition of first Bureau.

27. Notwithstanding section 6 of this Act, the first Bureau shall be composed of the following persons:

 (1) six directors appointed by the Office des professions du Québec and chosen from among the persons who, on 1 April 1995, are entered on the register of acupuncturists; they are deemed to be elected directors;

 (2) two other directors appointed by the Office des professions du Québec, at least one of whom is not a member of a professional order and is not entered on the register of acupuncturists, after consultation with the Québec Interprofessional Council and the different socio-economic groups; they are deemed to be appointed under section 78 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26);

 (3) one president elected by the vote of the directors referred to in subparagraph 1 from among their number by secret ballot; he is deemed to be elected in the manner provided for in subparagraph b of the first paragraph of section 64 of the Professional Code.

Single region.

For the purposes of section 75 of the Professional Code, the territory of Québec constitutes a single region until the date of the coming into force of a regulation made pursuant to section 65 of the Code and having as its object the delimitation of the territory of Québec into regions for the purposes of section 65.

Term of president and of directors.

The term of the president is a four-year term beginning on his election and the term of the directors is a four-year term beginning on their appointment.

Vacancy.

Any vacancy in the office of a director deemed to be elected shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by a new director appointed by the Office des professions du Québec from among the persons entered on the register of acupuncturists, if the vacancy occurs before 1 July 1995, or from among the members of the Order, if the vacancy occurs after that date.

1994, c. 37, s. 27.

Permit to practice.

28. To obtain a permit for the practice of acupuncture,

 (1) the diploma of college studies awarded by the Collège de Rosemont in “acupuncture techniques” to any person enrolled in the program leading to that diploma is recognized as valid if awarded before the date of the coming into force of a regulation of the Government made pursuant to the first paragraph of section 184 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26) and whose object is to make an initial determination of diplomas which give access to a permit issued by the Order;

 (2) a diploma in acupuncture awarded outside Québec is recognized as equivalent if awarded by an institution affiliated with a university or recognized as an educational institution by the government authorities of the country in which the institution is located, provided that the training of the holder of the diploma is considered to be equivalent by the Bureau before the date of the coming into force of the first regulation made by the Bureau pursuant to paragraph c of section 93 of the Professional Code the object of which is to fix standards of equivalence of diplomas.

1994, c. 37, s. 28; 2000, c. 13, s. 51.

Persons entered on register.

29. Every person who, on 30 June 1995, is entered on the register of acupuncturists shall be entered on the roll of the Order by operation of law, and shall be issued a permit by the Bureau.

1994, c. 37, s. 29.

Persons not entered on register.

30. Every person who, before 1 July 1995, passes the acupuncture examinations held by the Collège des médecins du Québec but who, on 30 June 1995, is not entered on the register of acupuncturists may obtain a permit

 (1) if less than four years have elapsed since the date on which the person passed the examination or ceased to be entered on the register and the date on which he applies for the permit;

 (2) if four years or more have elapsed since the date on which the person passed the examinations or ceased to be entered on the register and the date on which the person applies for the permit and the person completes a 12-month clinical training period under the supervision of a member of the Order and passes a training control examination to be determined by the Order, held and corrected, at least once every 12 months, under the responsibility of the Order or of any committee created by the Bureau to which it delegates that function.

Persons not entered on register.

If the person is not entered on the register of acupuncturists on 30 June 1995 as a result of the application of section 6 of the Regulation, the person shall not be entered on the roll of the Order unless the period during which he would not have been entered on the register has elapsed.

Persons not entered on register.

If the person is not entered on the register on 30 June 1995 as a result of the application of section 8 of the Regulation, the person shall not be entered on the roll of the Order unless he applies therefor in writing to the Bureau which shall decide the application in accordance with the provisions of the second and third paragraphs of section 52 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 30.

Condition to obtain permit.

31. Every person who holds a diploma referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 11 of the Regulation, or holds a diploma referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph of that section and whose training is considered to be equivalent by the Collège des médecins du Québec, and who, before 1 July 1995, fails the written examination referred to in section 13 of the Regulation at least once, or passes that examination but fails the oral examination at least once, or does not sit for the oral examination also referred to in that section, may obtain a permit if he meets either of the following conditions:

 (1) the person passes the written examination and the oral examination, or the oral examination, as the case may be, referred to in the said section 13, held under the responsibility of the Order, taking account of the provisions of section 18 of the Regulation which shall continue to govern that person;

 (2) the person completes a 12-month clinical training period under the supervision of a member of the Order and passes a training control examination to be determined by the Order, held and corrected, at least once every 12 months, under the responsibility of the Order or of any committee created by the Bureau to which it delegates that function.

Condition to obtain permit.

Every person who holds either of the diplomas referred to in the first paragraph and who, before 1 July 1995, fails the written or oral examination referred to in section 13 of the Regulation after sitting for it as many times as allowed under the provisions of section 18 of the Regulation may obtain a permit if he meets the condition mentioned in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph.

1994, c. 37, s. 31.

Condition to obtain permit.

32. Every person who holds a diploma referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 11 of the Regulation, or holds a diploma referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph of that section and whose training is considered to be equivalent by the Collège des médecins du Québec, and who, before 1 July 1995, does not or is unable to sit for the written examination referred to in section 13 of the Regulation, may obtain a permit if he meets either of the following conditions:

 (1) the person passes the examinations referred to in the said section 13 which the Order is required to hold, if the need arises, for a person referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 31;

 (2) the person completes a 12-month clinical training period under the supervision of a member of the Order and passes a training control examination to be determined by the Order, held and corrected, at least once every 12 months, under the responsibility of the Order or of any committee created by the Bureau to which it delegates that function.

1994, c. 37, s. 32.

Condition to obtain permit.

33. Every person who, after 30 June 1995, obtains the diploma recognized as valid under paragraph 1 of section 28 or in respect of whom the Bureau recognizes a diploma or training equivalence as regards that diploma may obtain a permit if the person meets either of the following conditions:

 (1) the person passes the examinations referred to in section 13 of the Regulation that the Order is required to hold, if the need arises, for a person referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 31;

 (2) the person completes a 12-month clinical training period under the supervision of a member of the Order and passes a training control examination to be determined by the Order, held and corrected, at least once every 12 months, under the responsibility of the Order or of any committee created by the Bureau to which it delegates that function.

1994, c. 37, s. 33; 2000, c. 13, s. 52.

Conditions for entry on register.

34. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraphs a and c of the first paragraph of section 20 of the Medical Act (chapter M-9), and notwithstanding the provisions of the rules determined by regulation made pursuant to those subparagraphs, the secretary of the Collège des médecins du Québec shall enter on the register of acupuncturists, not later than 30 June 1995, every person who meets the following conditions:

 (1) the person sends to the Collège des médecins du Québec an application for eligibility to sit for the examinations referred to in subparagraph 3, in the form and manner prescribed in Schedule B to the Regulation, and pays such amount as may be determined by the Bureau of the College, by resolution, for the examination of the application;

 (2) the person furnishes proof to the College that he is a graduate of a school of acupuncture where he received at least 1,000 hours of theoretical and clinical instruction in the subjects prescribed in sections 59 to 61 of the Regulation;

 (3) the person passes the acupuncture examinations to be determined by the College, held and corrected, not later than 30 June 1995, under the responsibility of a jury of examiners;

 (4) the person meets the conditions mentioned in paragraphs 1, 3, 4 and 5 of section 4 of the Regulation.

Applicability of provisions.

The provisions of section 3, of sections 5 to 10, of paragraph 4 of section 12, of section 13, of the second sentence of section 14 and of sections 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 of the Regulation apply.

Persons who fail examination.

Every person who, on 30 June 1995, has failed the written examination or has passed that examination but has failed the oral examination, may obtain a permit if he passes, not later than 30 June 1999, the examinations to be determined by the Order and held and corrected under the responsibility of a jury of examiners. The person may not sit for the examinations referred to in section 13 of the Regulation more than two additional times in the case of the written examination, more than three times in the case of the oral examination or, as the case may be, more than two additional times in the case of the latter examination.

Persons who fail examination.

Every person who fails the written examination three times or who passes that examination but fails the oral examination three times may not obtain a permit unless his training has first been recognized as equivalent by the Bureau in accordance with the standards it fixes under the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 34.

Validity of declarations and entries.

35. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraphs a and c of the first paragraph of section 20 of the Medical Act (chapter M-9), the provisions of the rules determined by regulation made pursuant to those subparagraphs and the provisions of section 21 of that Act, the following are valid:

 (1) the declarations of eligibility to sit for acupuncture examinations issued before 1 July 1994 and the examinations held before that date, concerning persons who do not hold a diploma referred to in subparagraph 1 or 2 of the first paragraph of section 11 of the Regulation; and

 (2) the entries on the register of acupuncturists made before 1 July 1994 and concerning the persons referred to in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, to the extent that those persons pass the acupuncture examinations of the Collège des médecins du Québec held pursuant to the rules determined by the Regulation and meet the other conditions imposed by the College.

Persons who fail examination.

Every person referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph who,

 (1) before 1 July 1994, fails the written examination at least once or passes that examination but fails the oral examination at least once, or does not sit for the oral examination, may be entered on the register of acupuncturists if he passes the examinations held by the Collège des médecins du Québec pursuant to the Regulation; in such a case, the provisions of the first and second paragraphs of section 34 and the provisions of section 18 of the Regulation apply;

 (2) on 30 June 1995, has failed the written examination at least once or has passed that examination but has failed the oral examination at least once or has not sat for the oral examination, may obtain a permit if he passes the written examination and the oral examination or, as the case may be, the oral examination referred to in section 13 of the Regulation held under the responsibility of the Order, taking account of the provisions of section 18 of the Regulation which shall continue to govern that person;

 (3) fails the written examination or the oral examination referred to in section 13 of the Regulation after sitting for it as many times as allowed under the provisions of section 18 of the Regulation may not obtain a permit unless his training has first been recognized as equivalent by the Bureau in accordance with the standards it fixes under the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 35.

Existing provisions.

36. The provisions of sections 12 to 20 of the Regulation and of Schedule B to the Regulation remain in force for the purposes of the provisions of subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 31, of paragraph 1 of sections 32 and 33, of subparagraph 2 of the second paragraph of section 35 and of paragraph 4 of section 12, of section 13, of the second sentence of section 14 and of sections 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 remain in force for the purposes of the third paragraph of section 34.

Application.

From 1 July 1995, the Bureau shall be responsible for seeing to the application of those provisions and, to that end, the words “Bureau” and “Order” are substituted respectively for the words “credentials committee” and “Corporation” wherever they appear in those provisions.

1994, c. 37, s. 36.

First assessment.

37. Notwithstanding the provisions of the second paragraph of section 86 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26), the first resolution passed by the Bureau for the purpose of fixing the first annual assessment, payable in particular by persons to whom section 29 applies, need not, to come into force, be approved by a majority of the members of the Order. However, the amount of the first assessment shall not be greater than the sum fixed by the Bureau of the Collège des médecins du Québec pursuant to paragraph 5 of section 4 of the Regulation and payment of which is required, in 1994, for the purposes of entry on the register of acupuncturists.

1994, c. 37, s. 37.

Diploma recognized as valid.

38. The diploma mentioned in paragraph 1 of section 28 is, within the meaning of section 42 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26) and for the purposes of paragraph c of section 93 of the Professional Code, as amended by paragraph 2 of section 80 of chapter 40 of the statutes of 1994, a diploma recognized as valid and required for the purposes of the issue of a permit.

1994, c. 37, s. 38.

Clinical training periods.

39. The Bureau shall fix the content, the objectives and the terms and conditions of the clinical training periods required under sections 30, 31, 32 and 33.

Non-applicability of provisions.

The provisions of the first paragraph of section 14 of this Act do not apply to a person undergoing clinical training under those sections.

1994, c. 37, s. 39.

Permits issued subject to provisions.

40. The issue of permits to persons to whom the provisions of sections 30 to 35 apply remains subject to any other condition, formality and procedure for the issue of permits prescribed by the Professional Code (chapter C-26) and the Charter of the French language (chapter C-11), except that relating to the awarding of a diploma recognized as valid.

1994, c. 37, s. 40.

Existing provisions.

41. The provisions of sections 25 to 28, 29.1 to 29.9, 30 to 32, 35, 38 to 40, 42 to 45, 47 to 51 and 52.1 of the Regulation and, where applicable, the provisions of the Regulation made pursuant to subparagraph b of the first paragraph of section 20 of the Medical Act (chapter M-9) that come into force after 30 June 1994, and the application of which is under the responsibility of the Bureau from 1 July 1995, remain in force until the coming into force of the provisions of regulations made pursuant to the Professional Code (chapter C-26) in respect of similar matters.

Substitution of words.

For the purposes of the provisions of section 52.1 of the Regulation, the word “Order” is substituted for the word “Corporation”.

Deemed contravention.

A contravention of a provision of sections 25 to 28 and 29.1 to 29.9 of the Regulation is deemed to be a contravention of a provision of a regulation made pursuant to the first paragraph of section 91 of the Professional Code, enacted by section 79 of chapter 40 of the statutes of 1994.

Deemed contravention.

A contravention of a provision of sections 30 to 32, 35, 38 to 40, 42 to 45, 47 to 51 and 52.1 of the Regulation and, where applicable, of a provision of the Regulation made pursuant to subparagraph b of the first paragraph of section 20 of the Medical Act that comes into force after 30 June 1994 is deemed to be a contravention of a provision of a regulation made pursuant to section 87 of the Professional Code.

1994, c. 37, s. 41.

Documents held by Collège des médecins du Québec.

42. The records, books, registers and documents held by the Collège des médecins du Québec pertaining to persons other than physicians who practise acupuncture become the records, books, registers and documents of the Order. The College or any of its committees, as the case may be, is required to transfer the records, books, registers and documents to the Order on request.

1994, c. 37, s. 42.

Chairmanship of committee on discipline.

43. The chairman of the committee on discipline of the Collège des médecins du Québec shall act as chairman of the committee on discipline of the Order until he is replaced or reappointed, in accordance with section 117 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).

1994, c. 37, s. 43.

Matters pending.

44. Matters relating to the practice of acupuncture by persons other than physicians and pending on 30 June 1995 before the Bureau or any of its committees, the professional inspection committee or the syndic or assistant syndic of the Collège des médecins du Québec or before a court, shall be continued and decided in accordance with the legislative and regulatory provisions in force on that date.

Bureau to communicate decisions.

The Bureau of the Collège des médecins du Québec shall communicate decisions made under the first paragraph to the Bureau of the Order.

1994, c. 37, s. 44.

Application of provision.

45. Division VII of Chapter IV of the Professional Code (chapter C-26), also applies, with the necessary modifications, in respect of a member of the Order, for an offence against the Regulation committed before 1 July 1995 while the member was entered on the register of acupuncturists.

1994, c. 37, s. 45.

46. (Amendment integrated into section 4).

1994, c. 37, s. 46.

Effect.

47. Section 7 of this Act ceases to have effect on 15 October 1994.

1994, c. 37, s. 47.

Effect.

48. Section 10 of this Act ceases to have effect on 15 October 1994.

1994, c. 37, s. 48.

49. (Amendment integrated into section 14).

1994, c. 37, s. 49.

Date provision becomes inoperative.

50. Section 21 of this Act becomes inoperative on 15 October 1994.

1994, c. 37, s. 50.

51. (Omitted).

1994, c. 37, s. 51.

REPEAL SCHEDULES

In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), chapter 37 of the statutes of 1994, in force on 1 September 1994, is repealed, except section 51, effective from the coming into force of chapter A-5.1 of the Revised Statutes.

In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), sections 1 to 6, 8, 9, 11 to 20, 22 to 25, 27 to 33 and 36 to 50 of chapter 37 of the statutes of 1994, in force on 1 March 1996, are repealed effective from the coming into force of the updating to 1 March 1996 of chapter A-5.1 of the Revised Statutes.