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
Title: Protects the title “naturopath”
Prescription drugs: May prescribe per a formulary if the registered naturopath meets the prescribing standards, which includes an approved course and passing an examination. Drugs that may be prescribed/ dispensed and the permitted routes of administration are listed in the tables found in the Naturopathic Act, 2007.
IV administration: Permitted according to table 2 in the Naturopathic Act, 2007.
Diagnostic tests: May perform phlebotomy and physical exams
Minor office procedures: Not defined
Spinal manipulations: Permitted
Childbirth/ midwifery: Not defined
Naturopaths have been licensed in Ontario since 1991. In 2015, Naturopathic Act 2007 was passed. It defined the practice of naturopathy in Ontario.
How to file a complaint
Naturopaths are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Information about filing complaints can be found on the college’s website.