Canadian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (CAP Association) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, professional organization. registered with the Canadian Federal Government (Regd. No. 1126494-0), which invites membership to all those who have certified educational qualification in Ayurveda from India or West. CAP Association also invites Ayurvedic Therapists, Ayurvedic Dieticians, Ayurveda Wellness Counsellors, Overseas Ayurvedic Practitioners living and working outside Canada, Students of Ayurveda and Friends from general public having special interest in Ayurveda treatments and education.
The primary aim of the Canadian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association is to make Ayurveda Traditional System of Health Care available for everybody in Canada. To realize this, we want to achieve the following main objectives:
Canada-wide recognition of Ayurveda as Primary Health Care System
Ayurveda has been recognized as a traditional holistic medicine system by the World Health Organization (WHO)*. Patients today therefore have a free and wider choice of therapies and can decide for Ayurveda: a natural diagnostic and therapeutic and health promoting and disease preventing system for the improvement of health and well-being of the individual. By encouraging the growth of patient choice and pluralism in healthcare and promotion of healthcare via safe and effective health promoting and disease preventing systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Yoga and other ancient systems the wellbeing of the individual, populations and Society is enabled. Thus, by offering safer and a wider choice of health systems in Canada better health outcomes are possible and in turn health budgets are relieved.
Development of educational standards for Ayurvedic professions
Clear guidelines for Ayurvedic health care professions ensure high-quality trainings and vocational qualifications. These training guidelines are recognized by medical associations, associations for non-medical practitioners, other health organisations (e.g. physiotherapists, masseurs) and government health services. Licensed Ayurvedic training are promoted or integrated into other health vocational trainings. The “Benchmarks for training in Ayurveda” is an example of the efforts taken by the WHO as a call to harmonize Ayurveda globally. Similar guidelines have to be enabled for the Canada and for each province of Canada.
Recognition of quality standards for Ayurveda products
Quality standards for Ayurvedic products ensures the safety of patients. These standards have to be recognized by the Health Canada and provincial health authorities. Legislative bodies must involve the representatives of the Ayurvedic community in an advisory capacity in the development of laws and policies impacting Ayurveda in Canada.
Canadian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (CAPA) promote the philosophy, knowledge, science & practice of Ayurveda for the benefit of Canadian society. The main mission of Canadian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association is to promote, represent and support Ayurvedic Practitioners in Canada. It seeks legislation to establish standards for scope of practice for practitioners and curriculum for Ayurvedic colleges within Canada. Canadian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association pursue the following main tasks:
Engaging public for establishment of Ayurveda in Canada
The CAP Association supports its member organizations and bodies in their work for Ayurveda. In addition, the CAP Association exchange views and cooperates with institutions and organizations around the world that are dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Ayurveda.
We conduct public relations and take a stand when issues are discussed around Ayurveda in the media. Together with our members we ensure the authenticity of Ayurvedic transmission and methods of therapy. Via the organization, promotion or participation, we support conferences and events that deal with all aspects of Ayurveda and inform experts as general public about it.
We also support the concerns of patients to be able to freely choose an Ayurvedic treatment. In this context, we seek to collaborate with health insurance companies so that they bear the cost of Ayurvedic treatment. We also advise professional associations, government agencies, health insurers and businesses related to Ayurveda.
Promotion of scientific research and Ayurvedic training programs
The CAP Association participates in the development and testing of training programs and the accreditation of training facilities and syllabuses. The CAP Association Conduct and disseminate research relevant to Ayurveda based natural medicine and help develop a culture of evidence-informed clinical practice
Developing quality standards for Ayurveda based NHPs
The CAP Association is working in the direction to develop quality standards for Ayurvedic products in order to ensure the safety of patients and to promote the application of Ayurvedic products. This concerns in particular the creation of guidelines with regard to the purity of the ingredients, the production and storage and packaging of Ayurvedic products.
* Traditional medicine is defined by WHO as “the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness”.