Standard Of Practice




(hereinafter be referred to as the “OOAMA”)


OFFICERS 6-7 29-31
MEETINGS 7 33-34



1.         It is envisioned that the information contained within this chapter will provide a valuable resource to practitioners of Alternative Medicine, on the high standards of conduct and proficiency that are required to obtain and maintain status as an Osteopath Manual Practitioner, as well as, a member of the Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association.


2.         It is the intent of this chapter to establish standards and regulations for members and higher ranking officers of the OOAMA.





3.         The mission of the OOAMA shall be to represent and advance the interests of the osteopathic and alternative medical professions across Ontario.




4.         The OOAMA seeks to:

  • promote the advancement of the healing arts by all legitimate methods of study, research and practice
  • promote and protect the interests and influence of the osteopathic medical profession with all appropriate public and private organizations and individuals
  • facilitate original research and investigation into the healing arts, with a special interest in the study and application of the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine.  Results will be collected and published for the benefit of the profession and society
  • promote the recognition and advancement of osteopathic undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
  • promote professional and social interactions amongst its membership
  • assist in the formation and development of geographic divisional associations, and such other divisions as may be deemed appropriate
  • maintain such facilities and hire such personnel as are deemed appropriate and necessary to accomplish its purposes
  • operate on a not-for-profit basis

conditions of application for membership


5.         Only Osteopath Manual Practitioners or practitioners of other alternative medical fields, such as naturopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic, can attain full membership in the OOAMA.


Full membership can only be attained on the basis of approval by the association.


Only graduates of an approved college and/or discipline (as determined by the association) are eligible for full membership.


Membership classification shall be:

  • Full members
  • Life members
  • Honourary members
  • Associate members


Only Full Members, Life Members, Honorary Members shall be eligible to vote and hold office in the OOAMA.


6.         Applying:

Each applicant for membership of The Ontario Osteopath and Alternative Medicine Association must submit the following:

  • Applicant’s training and experience in the specific field
  • Proof that the applicant has obtained all licenses and/or diploma certificates and permits required by province and by local law
  • Such other information that the Board of directors may require in respect to the OOAMA’s standards


7.         NOTE: The Board of Directors is in the power of further investigating an applicant’s responsibility and potential to operate as a member of the OOAMA.


8.         The Board of Directors can issue membership to an applicant after confirming that the applicant has met all of the requirements issued and mentioned in this chapter. In the event of membership denial, the applicant shall be informed in writing of the reason therefore.

Grounds for denial of membership shall be:

  • Failure to meet the requirements of any provision of this chapter
  • Habits or addictions interfering with work and commitment to the medical community
  • Conviction of any crime, and/or intentional dishonest for personal gain
  • A criminal background

membership requirements


9.         In order to be eligible for membership with the association, the applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Successfully graduate from a legitimate Canadian college (and of an alternative medicine discipline) as determined by us (see next section)
  • Successfully complete 1200 classroom and clinical hours in their discipline (excluding Osteopath manual practitioners, who require 2000 completed hours) from a recognized Canadian college
  • Have medical and/or holistic medicine experience (e.g. doctor, nurse, chiropractor, acupuncturist, RMT, naturopath, etc.) aside from the 1200-2000 completed hours
  • Successfully complete our interview and testing process. This is a short evaluation of your theoretical knowledge, correct application, and ethics
  • Have active and valid insurance coverage (individual or through employer) which covers workplace liability

educational requirements


10.       We determine legitimacy by evaluating the content offered in the program.

Expected content (in no particular order):

  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics of the human body
  • Clinical application ethics
  • Clinical emergencies theory & practice
  • Complementary medical techniques
  • Diagnostic images theory & practice
  • Emergency skills, CPR, & first-aid
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Neurology & neuro-anatomy theory and practice
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • Osteopathic diagnosis & manual therapy application
  • Osteopathic history, philosophy, & practice
  • Paediatrics
  • Palpatory skills & diagnosis
  • Pathology
  • Physiology, applied physiology, & exercise physiology
  • Professional practice management
  • Sports medicine

11.       Note: Exception may be made for applicants with a strong grasp of overall content.
12.       The following schools are the principle colleges approved by the OOAMA:

  • Canadian College of Osteopathy
  • National Academy of Osteopathy
  • New Earth College
  • Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy
  • Canadian School of Natural Medicine & Science


13.       Accreditation criteria:

  • Schools are considered only if they are officially registered in Canada
  • Schools are accredited upon an evaluation of their programs of study. Programs offering over 1200 (or 2000, for Osteopathy) combined classroom and clinical hours are deemed legitimate
  • Schools are approved on the basis of the content offered in their programs as well. Schools that offer well-rounded programs are looked upon favourably


Initially, the OOAMA inquires into schools’ registration status. Once it is confirmed that a school is officially registered in Canada, the OOAMA recognizes it as a legitimate and reliable college.

conditions of membership


14.       Members must:

  • Be trained and competent in the proper use of all equipment related to Osteopathy and Alternative Medicine
  • Upgrade education (for members in Osteopathy) – 30 hours per year or 2 modules


15.       Each member must obtain their certificate of membership once apart of The Ontario Osteopath and Alternative Medicine Association. The certificate includes:

  • Photograph of the member
  • Seal
  • Number
  • 2 signatures from the Board of Directors


16.       Members must inform The Ontario Osteopath and Alternative Medicine Association if they have any changes in address, telephone number, place of practice, or any other information that had been collected when they had applied for membership.


17.       Any member may withdraw from the OOAMA by delivering a written resignation.

membership suspension or revocation


18.       The Board of Directors may suspend or revoke membership for failure by the member to comply, and maintain compliance with, or for violation of any applicable provisions, standards, or requirements of this chapter, and of the OOAMA. Suspension of membership is not a condition precedent to revocation.


19.       Before suspension or revocation, the Board of Directors shall give written notice to the member, the notice shall:

  • Specify the reasons for which the action is to be taken
  • Set a hearing for not more than 16 days nor less than 8 days after the date of the notice
  • Specify the date, time, and place of the hearing


20.       At the hearing, the Board of Directors has the burden of proof, and may present evidence as to why such action is being taken, and to rebut any response being made by the member in question. The Board of Directors may reduce the suspension time based on reason. The member in question may request an additional hearing at which he or she will have the burden of establishing and justifying full reinstatement of their membership. Such additional hearing will be conducted before the Board of Directors. At the conclusion of such hearing, a written summary of the evidence will be prepared. The Board of Directors will review the written summary of the case in question, and will issue a written decision within 30 days of the last hearing.



21.       Violation of any provision of this chapter by a member of The Ontario Osteopath and Alternative Medicine Practitioners shall be a misdemeanor with consequences.

board of directors


22.       The business of the association shall be managed by a Board of Directors, comprised of a minimum of three directors. The number of directors shall be determined from time to time by a majority of the directors at a meeting of the Board of Directors and sanctioned by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members at a meeting duly called for the purpose of determining the number of directors to be elected to the Board of Directors. Directors must be individuals, and 18 years of age. Directors need not be members.


23.       The office of directors shall be automatically vacated:

a)      if at a special general meeting of members, a resolution is passed by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the meeting that he be removed from office;

b)      if a director has resigned his office by delivering a written resignation to the Secretary of the Corporation;

c)      if he is found by a court to be of unsound mind;

d)      if he becomes bankrupt or suspends payment or compounds with his creditors;

e)      on death;


24.       Provided that if any vacancy shall occur for any reason in this paragraph contained, the Board of Directors by majority vote, may, by appointment, fill the vacancy with a member in good standing of the OOAMA.


25.       The directors shall serve as such without remuneration and no director shall directly or indirectly receive any profit portion as such; provided that a director may be paid reasonable expenses incurred by him in the performance of his duties.


26.       A retiring director shall remain in office until the dissolution or adjournment of the meeting at which his retirement is accepted and his successor is elected.

power of directors


27.       The Board of Directors may appoint such agents and engage such employees as it shall deem necessary from time to time and such persons shall have such authority and shall perform such duties as shall be prescribed by the Board of Directors at the time of such appointment.


28.       Remuneration for all officers, agents, employees, and committee members shall be fixed by the Board of Directors by resolution. Such resolution shall have force and effect only until the next meeting of members when such resolution shall be confirmed by resolution of the members, or in the absence of such confirmation by the members, then the remuneration to such officers, agents, or employee and committee members shall cease to be payable from the date of such meeting of the members.


29.       The officers of the Corporation shall be: a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and any such other officer as the Board of Directors may by by-law determine. Any two officers may be held by the same person. Officers need not be directors, nor members.


30.       The President shall be elected at an annual meeting of members. Officers other than President of the Corporation shall be appointed by resolution of the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the Board of Directors following an annual meeting of members.


31.       The officers of the Corporation shall hold office indefinitely from the date of appointment or election or until their successors are elected or appointed in their stead. Officers shall be subject to removal by resolution by the Board of Directors at any time.

duties of officers


32.       The duties of all other officers of the Corporation shall be such as the terms of their engagement call for or the Board of Directors requires of them.



33.       The annual general meeting of the OOAMA shall be held at a place and time designated by the Board of Directors.


34.       Regular meetings will be held as deemed necessary by the Board of the OOAMA.  Such meetings may be held using electronic methods of communication.

code of ethics


35.       All members of the OOAMA will be expected to be knowledgeable of and to abide by the Code of Ethics as defined by the OOAMA as well as their respective provincial colleges, as amended from time to time.


36.       Failure to abide by such Code(s) of Ethics may result in loss of membership and related privileges in the association.



37.       Any individual who has a dissatisfaction with the service provided to them, or has noticed a violation of the Code of Ethics by a member of the OOAMA is entitled to file a written complaint, setting forth allegations, which will be reviewed by the Board of Directors who will notify the alleged individual of this complaint, and will call them into question.

restrictions of officers and directors


38.       A member of the Corporation’s Board of Directors shall hold the official position of President, such that the President is elected by a majority of the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting of the OOAMA. The Director occupying the official position of President shall not have any rights to vote on matters before the Board of Directors, save for casting the deciding vote for or against those resolutions, by-laws, amendments, or any and all other matters of the Board of Directors that would otherwise end in an impasse.


ENACTED by the board this 1st Day of April, 2005.


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