Naturopathic Medicine

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of naturopathic medicine.

Naturopathic medicine has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since January 1, 2000, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Naturopathic medicine has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1936. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated under the former Naturopaths Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • four elected naturopathic physicians; and
  • three public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation

Amendments to the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

 

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
There are no proposed amendments. June 5, 2013

 

Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Amends the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and restricted activities. April 9, 2009
MO 130/2009
BC Reg 156/2009    
Makes the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 242/2008
BC Reg 282/2008
Repeals the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation (BC Reg 449/99), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of naturopathic medicine under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Amends the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation by adding section 8 re: application of Part 4 of the Health Professions Act to naturopathic medicine. July 21, 2006
OIC 575/2006
BC Reg 227/2006
Enacts the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation and brings into force the repeal of the Naturopaths Act, effective January 1, 2000. December 17, 1999
OIC 1774/99
BC Reg 449/99

 

Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule C (fees).

Filed October 27, 2015
In force November 15, 2015

MO 358/2015

Amends the bylaws by adding section 102 regarding use of reserved titles by registrants. Filed February 25,
2013                     
Amends the bylaws to establish an interprofessional pharmacopoeia and diagnostic referral committee, and make consequential changes to the mandate of the quality assurance committee. Filed April 20, 2009
Makes the bylaws of the College that have no effect until deposited with the Minister. July 20, 2006
Deposited
Approves the bylaws of the College (except those that have no effect until deposited with the Minister) and approves repeal of the rules made under the former Naturopaths Act. July 20, 2006
OIC 573/2006

 

Other Date
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before March 1, 2001. December 21, 1999
MO 425/99