Page last updated 7 Jan 2018
Are we being served by the regulation of naturopaths? Not if patients are still being misled. Globe and Mail. 2016. Carly Weeks.
Scope of practice
The scope of practice for naturopaths in B.C. is very broad. Their scope is defined in the 2008 regulation act, link below.
Standards of practice for registered naturopaths in B.C.
Title: May use the titles “doctor” and “physician”
Prescription drugs: Permitted if registrant holds certification for prescriptive authority
- Drugs were excluded from formulary are included in the 2008 regulation act
IV administration: Permitted
Diagnostic tests: Permitted
Minor office procedures: Permitted
Spinal manipulations: Permitted
Childbirth/ midwifery: Not defined
Vaccine waiver: Not defined
The naturopathic physicians regulation was passed in 2008.
How to file a complaint
Naturopaths are regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. Complaints can filed through their website.