B.C. chiropractors must remove unsupported claims from their websites or face discipline

CBC News
October 15, 2018
Written by CBC News
All chiropractors in the province have until Nov. 1 to remove all scientifically unsupported claims from their websites, social media sites and printed advertising, or face potential discipline, according to a report from CBC News. The CCBC recently sent out a notice to its members outlining the following:

The prevention and treatment of infectious disease is not within the scope of chiropractic practice. Accordingly, British Columbia chiropractors must not provide any professional advice or counseling to patients in relation to vaccination issues. Patients with vaccination questions should be advised to contact their local public health officials.

Because of the adoption of this policy, registrants may not:
a) Counsel patients with respect to immunization and vaccination
b) Conduct seminars as a chiropractor about immunization and vaccination
c) Supply immunization information (electronic, paper or verbal) in your clinic or in
any other venue where you are acting as a chiropractor
d) Provide immunization information on your public website

In addition, the notice outlines that registrants must not represent to patients or the public that chiropractic can be used to treat diseases, disorders or conditions such as: Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and diabetes among others. 


0 #2 Peter Emary 2018-10-18 05:54
I should add that other non-evidence-ba sed treatment recommendations by chiropractors, such as claiming to be able to treat non-MSK disorders (eg. Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes), is also a public health and professional credibility issue. I therefore applaud the efforts of the regulatory college in BC, and again wonder if and when our other provincial colleges will follow suit?
0 #1 Peter Emary 2018-10-18 05:40
It’s about time one of our regulatory colleges stepped up to address this issue. Will the CCO show similar leadership in Ontario? And what about the other provinces? Our regulatory colleges are tasked with protecting the public, and anti-vaccinatio n sentiments within our profession are definitely a public health issue. It’s time for our other regulatory colleges to step up and follow the leadership of the BC college. Both public safety and our profession’s credibility are at stake.

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