Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA)

Update – October 2014

The CCHA was formed in 2005 and HANS has been involved each step of the way. We are excited to be planning the first Canadian national herbal medicine conference, which will take place in June, 2015 on Vancouver Island.  More details to come.

The CCHA acts as an advisory body to the National Health Products Directorate (NHPD) of Health Canada; there are currently no issues to comment on. The NHPD recently changed its name to the “Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate” (NNHPD).

Last year the CCHA completed the professional standards guidelines for herbal practitioners, which include the following:
Code of Ethics
Code of Practice
Scope of Practice
Educational Standards
Disciplinary Procedures

It is the responsibility of each member association to define and implement specific parameters for their association. This includes but is not exclusive to the requirements listed above. The standards documents are currently under review by HANS and the provincial member associations.

Savayda Jarone is the HANS representative on the CCHA, and attends a yearly in-person meeting, and monthly teleconferences. For more information you can contact her directly at email hidden; JavaScript is required 

Council Members

President – Terry Willard (Alberta)
Vice-President – Savayda Jarone (Nova Scotia)
Secretary/Treasurer – Genevieve Sirois (Quebec)
Anais de Valicourt (Quebec)
Michael Vertolli (Ontario)
Rick DeSylva (Ontario)
Flo Lavallie  Saskatchewan)
Jeananne Laing (Alberta)
Katolen Yardley (British Columbia)
Lindsay Hounslow (British Columbia)

CCHA Mission Statement

The Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations has been created to unify, promote and serve herbal practitioners through active communication with government, the public, and between all herbalist associations in Canada.

CCHA Mandate

• To establish herbalists as experts on herbs in Canada.
• The CCHA creates and maintains a non-profit organization of representatives of associations that represent herbal practitioners.
• To facilitate unity among associations of herbal practitioners and to ensure the inclusion of herbal practitioners from different traditions.
• The CCHA provides a forum to further the practice of herbal medicine by herbal practitioners in Canada.
• The CCHA guides the various associations in setting standards (education, practice, ethics, etc.) and responds to the inquiries of academia, media, and agencies, to collectively further the aims and goals of herbalism in Canada.
• The CCHA provides national representation of member associations to the provincial and federal governments in discussion of any and all legislation affecting herbal practitioners and legislation of national health products as it affects herbal practitioners.
• To facilitate meetings of representatives of associations that represent herbal practitioners.
• The CCHA council operates by 100% consensus to foster trust and unity.