International News

Texas and Mexico Participate in Pesticide Information Exchange

The Texas Structural Pest Control Board met recently for the first of three meetings with Mexican government representatives who have authority over pesticide application. The exchange of technical information, including the training of environmental officials and pesticide applicators, should provide mutual understanding of the regulations and a harmonization of scientific and policy considerations.

The first session was held September 22-26, in El Paso, and a second session is planned for San Diego in March 1998. These EPA-funded sessions are the result of extensive cross-border partnerships developed between Mexico and bordering U.S. states since 1993.

New Jersey to Allow Chinese Acupuncturists to Practice

Graduates from 20 Chinese acupuncture schools will be allowed to apply for New Jersey licenses, following a September vote of state regulators. New Jersey's decision reflects the growing licensure and popularity of acupuncturists. Many states currently accept Asian-trained acupuncturists and, like New Jersey, require applicants to pass the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's exam.

Ontario Considers New Regulations for Social Workers

Ontario is considering a proposal requiring certified social workers to possess a bachelor or master's degree, according to the Toronto Star. The Ontario College of Certified Social Workers supports the proposal, over fears that government regulation would exclude certain social service professionals.

Currently, Ontario is the only Canadian province that does not set standards for social workers.