Regulator for Naturopathic Profession Applauds Completion of Legislative Process for New Naturopathy Act

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Drugless
Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N) marked yesterday's Royal Assent for the new
Naturopathy Act which marks a major achievement in the history of the
Naturopathic profession in Ontario. The new Act appears in Schedule P of Bill
171 ("The Health System Improvement Act").
    Angela Moore, ND, Chair of the Board stated: "Regulation of Naturopathic
Medicine under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) has been an
objective of the BDDT-N for many years. Its achievement is now a step closer.
We would like to congratulate the McGuinty government and the Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman, for this major accomplishment".
    Ms. Moore went on to explain that Ontario's naturopathic doctors have
been regulated for more than 80 years under the Drugless Practitioners Act.
The Drugless Practitioners Act is, however, seriously outdated legislation
that does not include the same level of public safety and accountability
provisions that are enshrined in the RHPA for other regulated health
professions. The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC)
recommended three times, most recently in its New Directions Report of April
2006, that naturopathic doctors be included under the RHPA. Naturopathic
doctors are the last profession regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act
and that Act will be revoked upon proclamation of Schedule P.
    "We are very pleased that a number of recommendations the Board made to
improve the Naturopathy Act were accepted by the Standing Committee on Social
Policy during its review of Bill 171," Moore said.
    The Naturopathy Act must be proclaimed before it takes legal force and
effect. A Transition Council will be set up in order to put the necessary
regulations in place and carry out all of the tasks required for regulation of
the profession under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The Board hopes
that the Transition Council will be appointed as quickly as possible so that
this important work can begin.
    There are currently 865 naturopathic doctors registered by the Board in
Ontario. In order to be registered to practise in Ontario, Naturopathic
Doctors must have completed three years of pre-medical studies at university,
four years at an approved school of Naturopathic Medicine, have successfully
completed the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations and Ontario Board
examinations before applying for Registration with the BDDTN.

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For further information: Angela Moore, ND: (416) 866-2932

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