Scopes of Practice > Naturopaths



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

The practice of naturopathy is the assessment of diseases, disorders and dysfunctions and the naturopathic diagnosis and treatment of diseases, disorders and dysfunctions using naturopathic techniques to promote, maintain or restore health.



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

Naturopathic Doctors provide primary and adjunctive health care to people of all ages, focusing on the use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes. Naturopathic doctors promote health and prevent illness, and diagnose and treat disease in a manner consistent with the body of knowledge and standards of practice for the profession.



Summarized Controlled Acts

Administering a substance by injection or inhalation (partial)

Communicating a diagnosis (partial)

Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis (partial)

Putting an instrument, hand or finger, into natural or artificial body openings (partial)

Spinal Manipulation (partial)



Authorized Acts

Note: Sections 2-11 come into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. See: 2007, c. 10, Sched. P, s. 21 (2).

4.1(1)  In the course of engaging in the practice of naturopathy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the labia majora but not beyond the cervix.

2. Putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the anal verge but not beyond the rectal-sigmoidal junction.

3. Administering, by injection or inhalation, a prescribed substance.

4. Performing prescribed procedures involving moving the joints of the spine beyond the individual’s usual physiological range of motion using a fast, low amplitude thrust.

5. Communicating a naturopathic diagnosis identifying, as the cause of an individual’s symptoms, a disease, disorder or dysfunction that may be identified through an assessment that uses naturopathic techniques.

6. Taking blood samples from veins or by skin pricking for the purpose of prescribed naturopathic examinations on the samples. 2007, c. 10, Sched. P, s. 4 (1).

Note: On a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor, subsection (1) is amended by adding the following paragraph:

7. Prescribing, dispensing, compounding or selling a drug designated in the regulations.

See: 2009, c. 26, ss. 17 (1), 27 (2).

Additional requirements for authorized acts

(2) A member shall not perform a procedure under the authority of subsection (1) unless the member performs the procedure in accordance with the regulations. 2007, c. 10, Sched. P, s. 4 (2).