Naturopathic Regulation and Education
The Natural Way Health Clinic
Since 1925, Ontario’s Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have been regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act. In recent years, the focus of mainstream healthcare has shifted toward wellness and prevention. In line with this shift, and recognizing the invaluable role NDs play as primary health care practitioners, NDs will soon be proclaimed as a regulated health profession under the Naturopathy Act, 2007. The proclamation of the Naturopathy Act means that NDs will join other primary healthcare colleagues from other disciplines who are regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
Naturopathic Doctors practicing in Ontario have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and rigorous North-American wide entry-to-practice exams, prior to registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario. Education includes a minimum of three years of premedical undergraduate coursework, and a four-year, accredited, naturopathic medical education. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams and are required to maintain their competency throughout their career by completing at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years, in order to keep their current registration in good order.
Naturopathic education encompasses basic and diagnostic sciences – including anatomy, clinical physiology, biochemistry, pathology, embryology, immunology, pharmacology, physical and clinical diagnosis, and lab diagnosis – as well as conventional and naturopathic approaches to improving and maintaining patients’ health.
NDs collaborate closely with other healthcare professionals through consultation and referral.
Ontario’s NDs are currently regulated by the Ontario Board of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N). Post-proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007, they will be regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Description Courtesy of The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Medicine