CMTO Clarification Regarding New Standards


The CMTO drafted new Standards of Practice relating to Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse, which were released by the College on June 6, 2017 for feedback. The Board of Directors of the RMTAO provided a letter to the CMTO outlining specific concerns with the draft standards.

As a result of the feedback received, the CMTO amended the draft standards and released a final version on September 21, 2017. View the final released Standards for Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse

The RMTAO again wrote to the CMTO maintaining that the requirement to obtain consent for specific sensitive areas prior to every treatment is a barrier to care and undermines the therapistís professionalism. To view the further information on the RMTAO response to the CMTO Standards of Practice, click here.

The CMTO has provided a letter to the RMTAO in response to our latest communication. View the CMTO response to the RMTAO:  Download CMTO Response to the RMTAO  (PDF)

The CMTO has released further clarification for treating sensitive areas, and a new streamlined sample written consent form has been created. They have also created a FAQ document for RMTs, and additional resources with client-focused information.

The RMTAO and the CMTO will continue to communicate and work together frequently for the betterment of the massage therapy profession.