Naturopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania

Page last updated 11 February 2017.

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Scope of practice

Naturopaths are registered, not licensed in Pennsylvania under HB 516. This article by Jann Bellamy for Society for Science-Based Medicine nicely describes the differences between naturopathic licensing and registration.

The registration bill does not define the practice of naturopathy or a scope of practice.

The bill does protect the use of the title “naturopathic doctor” for registered naturopaths in the state.

Continuing education requirements

Not defined


In 2016, Pennsylvania passed HB516 to register naturopathic doctors. It becomes effective January 1, 2018.

How to file a complaint

Registered naturopaths in the state are regulated by Pennsylvania’s State Board of Medicine. Anyone can file a complaint. The complaint process can be completed online.