The 14 Controlled Acts under the RHPA


The 14 Controlled Acts under the Regulated Health Professions Act

1.  Communicating to the individual (or his or her personal representative) a diagnosis identifying a disease or disorder as the cause of symptoms of the individual, in circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that the individual (or his or her personal representative) will rely on the diagnosis.

2.  Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis, below the surface of a mucous membrane, in or below the surface of the cornea, or in or below the surfaces of the teeth, including the scaling of teeth.

3.  Setting or casting a fracture of a bone or a dislocation of a joint.

4.  Moving the joints of the spine beyond the individual's usual physiological range of motion using a fast, low amplitude thrust.

5.  Administering a substance by injection or inhalation.

6.  Putting an instrument, hand or finger,
i.   beyond the external ear canal,
ii.  beyond the point in the nasal passages where they normally narrow,
iii.  beyond the larynx,
iv.  beyond the opening of the urethra,
v.   beyond the labia majora,
vi.  beyond the anal verge, or
vii.  into an artificial opening into the body.

7.  Applying or ordering the application of a form of energy prescribed by the regulations under this Act.

NOTE: The energy here refers to electricity, electromagnetic energy, or sound waves, and does not apply to electrical impedance testing or the energy level of diets, enteral nutrition or TPN. Food energy is also not part of this controlled act.  

8.  Prescribing, dispensing, selling or compounding a drug as defined in the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, or supervising the part of a pharmacy where such drugs are kept.

9.  Prescribing or dispensing, for vision or eye problems, subnormal vision devices, contact lenses or eye glasses other than simple magnifiers.

10. Prescribing a hearing aid for a hearing impaired person.

11.  Fitting or dispensing a dental prosthesis, orthodontic or periodontal appliance or a device used inside the mouth to protect teeth from abnormal functioning.

12.  Managing labour or conducting the delivery of a baby.

13.  Allergy challenge testing of a kind in which a positive result of the test is a significant allergic response. 

14.  Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.