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Standards of Practice

A profession's Standards of Practice describe the specific competencies that a practitioner must learn to achieve the expected outcomes described within the profession's scope of practice.

The purpose of Standards of Practice is to identify all competencies for safe, competent, and appropriate practice. This ensures that the public will receive the highest degree of professionalism, safety, and best practices when accessing the profession's services.

Massage Therapy

The NHPC has endorsed and developed the Standards of Practice for Massage Therapy (PDF), taking into consideration current national competencies in massage therapy education identified in the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice (FOMTRAC 2016).


The NHPC has endorsed and developed the Standards of Practice for Reflexology (PDF) by adopting information and standards from the NHPC Modality Standards for Reflexology and the UK Skills for Health Competency Standards for Reflexology documents. The NHPC has also taken into consideration the reflexology standards of other organizations, such as the Atlantic Canada Association of Reflexology Therapists (ACART), Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC), and Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO).