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Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist Defence Lawyers

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist Defence Lawyers for all of Ontario

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (“the CTCMPAO”) regulates healthcare professionals in Ontario who practice in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. If you receive notice from the CTCMPAO that you are being investigated or that your practice is under review, you should speak to our lawyers to discuss how we can protect your professional reputation and ability to practice.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist complaints lawyer

The College can investigate a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner or Acupuncturist if it receives a complaint about your practice. An individual or organization can file a written complaint with the College if they believe you have committed an act of professional misconduct or if your practice has fallen below the College’s standards. If you are contacted by the College, you should speak to a lawyer without delay.

Our lawyers can provide you with strategic advice and guidance on how to respond to a complaint or investigation by the College. Our lawyers have experience dealing with the College and can do everything possible to protect your professional reputation and career.

Responding to written complaints

If a complaint has been made against you or your practice, it will be provided to you in writing. It is important to have a lawyer assist you in responding to the complaint, as you will only have thirty (30) days to provide a response to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (“the ICRC”). Any allegation of professional misconduct in incompetence is a matter the College will take seriously. Our lawyers can help draft your written submissions to the ICRC, which will be provided to the complainant before the ICRC make a decision on how to adjudicate your matter.  

Given the range of decisions the ICRC can make, it is important to have experienced legal representation. Our lawyers have significant experience writing submissions to the ICRC. You don’t want an unfavourable decision from the ICRC that will become a public matter, that will negatively impact your professional reputation, or that will limit your ability to practice.

How do I respond to a Report of Investigation?

In some cases, the College receives information rather than a written complaint about your practice. Information is often provided to the College by an employer after an incident or from an individual who wishes to file a complaint but might not want to identify themselves or participate in the complaint process. In either case, if you are provided with notice that an investigator has been appointed to examine your practice or if you receive a report of investigation, you need legal assistance.   

Once you receive the report, like a complaint, you will have thirty (30) days to provide written submissions to the ICRC. Our lawyers have significant experience drafting submissions to the ICRC and providing legal assistance to traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists. Contact our office today if you have received a report of investigation or have been contacted by the College and advised that your practice is under investigation.

Let our lawyers do everything we can to help protect against an unfavourable decision from the ICRC or a referral to the Discipline Committee. Given what is at stake, it is important to get legal assistance from lawyers who understand your profession and who regularly deal with the College. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.

Lawyers for Matters before the Discipline Committee of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists

If the ICRC has referred your matter to the Discipline Committee, it is a sign that the College views your matter seriously and that your ability to practice is in jeopardy. After the ICRC refers your matter to the Discipline Committee you will receive a Notice of Hearing which will outline the allegations of professional misconduct made against you. The Notice will be posted on the College’s website and on your public profile. The College will assign a lawyer to prosecute your matter on its behalf before the Discipline Committee. It is critical that you have experienced legal counsel assist you before the Discipline Committee.

Proceedings before the Discipline Committee are more formal and complex in comparison to matters before the ICRC. You will receive disclosure, or the evidence obtained against you, and be required to schedule a Pre-Hearing Conference. During the Pre-Hearing Conference, the prosecutor for the College will summarize the case against you and you will have an opportunity to negotiate with the College and determine whether your matter can be resolved or whether you need to have a contested hearing. You will often learn about the College’s position on penalty for the first time shortly before or during the Pre-Hearing Conference. The College’s position can range from a suspension of your licence to outright revocation. The College can also seek to impose conditions or limitations on your ability to practice, as well as financial penalties like fines and paying a portion of the College’s legal fees and cost of investigation.

Get a Lawyer in your corner!

Before you decide whether to plead guilty to any allegations of professional misconduct or have a contested hearing, you should seek the advice of experienced legal counsel. Our lawyers can help assess the strength or weakness of the College’s case and help guide you through the Discipline Committee process. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss how we can help protect your licence and professional reputation.

 

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