The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors is migrating association activities into a stand-alone organization.
Since the ACAC was formed under the Health Professions Act, the college and association have worked together to advance the profession through effective regulation, advocacy, and promotion of the value and benefit of effective, patient-centred chiropractic care.
Following the separation:
- the chiropractic college will be responsible for protection of the public, which is achieved through all the regulatory, compliance, and licensing activities of chiropractors in Alberta, and
- the provincial chiropractic association will still engage in government and public advocacy, promotion and marketing of chiropractic care and the chiropractic profession, community engagement and supporting our members to help them succeed in their practice.
Why are the college and association separating?
Bill 46, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, which received Royal Assent on December 9, 2020, makes changes to the Health Professions Act including the requirement for separation of joint organizational bodies. The government’s reasoning was that it is difficult to effectively protect the public interest while also advocating for the profession’s interest. Separating the association from the regulatory body brings clarity, and the opportunity for the health profession association to promote the profession even more.
What does this mean for me?
The separation of college and association will have no impact on your practice. When this process is complete you will have two separate and distinct organizations supporting your ability to practice.
The regulatory body will continue to:
- Register Doctors of Chiropractic in Alberta;
- Ensure compliance to the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Bylaws and other practice requirements and guidelines;
- Monitor and evaluate professional, clinical, and ethical standards;
- Investigate complaints and initiate disciplinary proceedings when necessary; and
- Oversee continuing professional competency programs.
The association will continue to:
- Advocate with the Government of Alberta on matters that sustain and advance the profession’s scope and ability to practice, such as access to Netcare, publicly-funded diagnostic imaging, and more;
- Represent the profession in discussions with the Superintendent of Insurance and WCB regarding rates paid to chiropractors through the DTPR and WCB;
- Promote the effectiveness and benefits of chiropractic treatment;
- Provide information and materials to increase awareness and knowledge of chiropractic and general good health; and
- Develop and promote public service programs to benefit Albertans’ health while also increasing understanding and acceptance of chiropractic.