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B.C. Reg. 280/2008
Deposited October 15, 2008
effective October 17, 2008
This consolidation is current to June 25, 2024.
See the Cumulative B.C. Regulations Bulletin 2024
for amendments effective after June 25, 2024.
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Health Professions Act

Massage Therapists Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 58/2015, April 20, 2015]

2College name
3Reserved titles
4Scope of practice
6Limits or conditions on services
7Patient relations program
8Health profession corporations


1   In this regulation:

"Act" means the Health Professions Act;

"massage therapy" means the health profession in which a person provides, for the purposes of developing, maintaining, rehabilitating or augmenting physical function, or relieving pain or promoting health, the services of

(a) assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body, and

(b) treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction, injury, pain and disorders of soft tissue and joints of the body by manipulation, mobilization and other manual methods.

[am. B.C. Reg. 58/2015, s. 1.]

College name

2   The name "College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia" is the name of the college established under section 15 (1) of the Act for massage therapy.

Reserved titles

3   The following titles are reserved for exclusive use by registrants:

(a) massage therapist;

(b) registered massage therapist;

(c) massage practitioner;

(d) registered massage practitioner.

Scope of practice

4   A registrant may practise massage therapy.


5   Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 58/2015, s. 2.]

Limits or conditions on services

6   No registrant may

(a) prescribe or administer drugs or anaesthetics,

(b) treat a recent fracture of a bone,

(c) apply any form of medical electricity, or

(d) move a joint of the spine beyond the limits the body can voluntarily achieve using a high velocity, low amplitude thrust.

[en. B.C. Reg. 58/2015, s. 3.]

Patient relations program

7   The college is designated for the purposes of section 16 (2) (f) of the Act.

Health profession corporations

8   Part 4 of the Act applies to massage therapy.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, section 12 (2)]