That is the message to homeopaths in Ontario about their new regulation. Since the Ontario Government passed the Homeopathy Act in 2007, many people have been working together under the coordination of the Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario to implement a regulatory framework for practice of homeopathy. This makes Ontario the first Canadian province to recognize homeopathy officially as a valid primary health care option for its citizens.
[text style=”large-callout”] “Ontario is the first Canadian province to recognize homeopathy officially as a valid primary health care option for its citizens.” [/text]
In their documentation, the Transitional Council confirms that “vast clinical experience along with hundreds of peer-reviewed, pre-clinical and clinical studies confirm homeopathy’s safety and effectiveness.”
Homeopathy was a regulated profession under the Ontario Medical Act from 1869 until 1970 and an increasing use of homeopathy in the past decades resulted in the Homeopathy Act of 2007 and the establishment of a professional college: a regulatory body that on the one hand protects the public’s safety by ensuring that homeopaths have the necessary knowledge, skills and aptitudes to practice safely and effectively and on the other hand to make homeopathy available to those interested in complementary health care options.
These are exciting times
Homeopaths in Quebec and around the world are following the process in Ontario with great interest. They are wondering whether official recognition will contribute to increased confidence by the public in homeopathy and therefore an increase of use of homeopathic services. Also, they are eager to see, whether this recognition will have a positive impact on collaboration between different health professionals. All homeopaths are looking forward to the time where we are included in multidisciplinary teams in order to deliver a full spectrum of health care that is person-centered and individualized for the maximum benefits of those who need support on the road to wellness.
For more information about the transitional council and the assessment process, click here to visit the College of Homeopaths website.
Carla Marcelis, ND, DHom
Carla brings dedication, passion and expertise as mission leader to the MICH Honduras clinic and to her role as director and teacher at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy. Visit her webpage to learn more about her and to read all of her blog posts.