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Protection of the Public Interest

The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) supports the protection of the public interest through the legislated establishment of independent regulatory authorities in each province that have the power to grant or remove a practitioner’s license to practice. Each regulatory authority is charged with protecting the public interest by ensuring the competence of practitioners, establishing standards for the conduct of the profession, administering the scope of practice of the profession, and investigating complaints that may arise regarding the professional conduct of practitioners. The Board of each regulatory authority is comprised of individuals representing both the profession and the public.

The CCA’s Code of Ethics complements and supports the regulations of the provincial regulatory authorities by setting out the duties of members of the Association to their patients, to the profession and to society. All members of CCA are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the regulations of their provincial licensing body, as well as the CCA Code of Ethics and current Clinical Practice Guidelines approved by CCA.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association represents the professional interests of Canada’s chiropractors. Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces, and is one of the largest primary health care professions in Canada. The practice of chiropractic consists of the examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of spinal, joint and related neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

February 2005


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