Massage Therapy Regulation in NS
Massage Therapy Regulation in Nova Scotia
For well over a decade now, there exists an environment of mystery, uncertainty and fear around the regulation of Massage Therapy. There has been a great amount of misconception and misinformation which continues to be circulated. Information about what government regulation can and cannot do has been limited.
While that cannot be changed, what MTWPAM can do now is to share with you, the public, our members and other Massage Therapists across the province, an open, honest and frank look at we believe are both the potential positives & potential negatives of the regulation of Massage Therapy in Nova Scotia.
Resent events and developments are placing regulation in the forefront yet again and this time the reality of regulation may be closer than we think.
The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has requested from all three Massage Therapy Associations in the province to submit a presentation based on a ten (10) point criteria used to consider the need and environment for government regulation.
Once the presentations have been received, no later than June 2, 2014, they will be reviewed by the department and a recommendation paper will be submitted to the Minister. We have no current confirmation on a time frame for this review and subsequent recommendation or presentation.
The three Associations in the province are arranging and will meet to discuss the potential process and presentation criteria.
MTWPAM surveyed its membership in late 2012 and early 2013 and presented a document on our perspectives to the Department of Health and Wellness at the end of 2013 which included those results.
Our membership agreed to pursue some type of self-regulation and the MTWPAM Board has promoted this to the Nova Scotia government representatives.
The final decision to begin the regulation process is the governments. There would be two logical outcomes.
If the government decides to go ahead, a council or committee to establish a regulatory college would need to be created and most likely would be made up of members either elected or appointed from all three Associations who will then be responsible to establish their own guidelines for the committee and then those for the college.
There will be a significant process which needs to be followed and may take many years before we see an actual functioning regulatory college, if that is our government’s decision.
Without and until the establishment of a regulatory council or committee there is no way to know ahead of time what exact rules or regulations will be agreed upon for the college.
The government may also decide not to regulate resulting in a new environment where the Associations, as part of this industry and yet independent, could potentially look at another type of a self-regulation model which may be just as effective.
While we support some type of regulation of the Massage Therapy in Nova Scotia, MTWPAM acknowledges there are some very real and potential issues surrounding government regulation.
MTWPAM believes the public, Massage Therapists, and others need to become aware and informed on the benefits and possible challenges regulation could bring. For further information on the current environment, potential positives and negatives of government regulation please click below for the chart.