One of the Council’s core functions under Section 118 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the HPCA Act) is to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence (including competencies that will enable effective and respectful interaction with Māori), and ethical conduct to be observed by health practitioners of the profession.
The standards set by the Council are the minimum standards that the public and profession expect a Chinese medicine practitioner to meet and are being developed in consultation with these groups as well as with other relevant stakeholders. They should be used by practitioners to monitor and reflect on their practise and conduct and that of their colleagues. In addition, they will be used by the public, as a guide for assessing the minimum standard to expect of their practitioner and when there may have been a departure from these. They may also be relied upon in other contexts such as employment disputes, court, or disciplinary proceedings as a measure by which a Chinese medicine practitioner can be held to.
Standards of Clinical Competence for Chinese Medicine Practitioners
Standards of Cultural Safety and Cultural Competency of Chinese medicine practitioners
Standards of Ethical (Professional) Conduct for Chinese Medicine Practitioners
The Council has also developed the following additional practice standards to be observed and complied with by Chinese medicine practitioners:
Clinical Record Standard
Informed Consent Standard
Professional Boundaries Standard
Safe Practice Standard
Safe Practice Guidance
Statement on Cervical Neck Manipulations
Guidelines for Safe Prescribing of Chinese Herbal Medicine
Statement on the use of titles