Information about naturopathic medicine as a profession
Regulation. A registered Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Ontario has completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and rigorous entry-to-practice exams, prior to registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario. As of July 1st 2015, all NDs practising in the province of Ontario became regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
Registration with a governing body such as CONO helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out safe, ethical and competent care; therefore, “CONO’s main responsibility is to regulate the profession of Naturopathic Medicine in the public interest”(source: Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, 2018). “Anyone seeing an ND should expect to be dealing with a highly trained professional, one who has met comprehensive standards in order to practice” (source: College of Naturopaths of Ontario, 2018).
Education includes a minimum of three years of undergraduate coursework, and a four-year, accredited, naturopathic medical education. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams.
To maintain an active registration, Naturopathic Doctors complete at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years to keep up with medical and naturopathic advancements, and to better serve their patients.
It is important that you know who is delivering your care. Did you know that “ND”, “Naturopathic Doctor” and “Naturopath” are protected titles? Only those individuals who have demonstrated the education and qualification to practice can use these titles.
Resources for additional information
Common questions about Naturopathic medicine, such as “How does naturopathic medicine compare to conventional medicine?” can be found by visiting the CAND. The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) is the national non-profit professional association representing regulated (or, in unregulated jurisdictions, those who meet the criteria for regulation) naturopathic doctors.
Also from the CAND, advantages of naturopathic care: from health promotion to disease prevention, and the treatment of a range of health concerns, including chronic and severe illnesses. Find out how NDs can help you.
Frequently asked questions about naturopathic medicine, including “Do naturopathic doctors have specialties?” and “How do I confirm a naturopathic doctor’s qualifications?” can be found by visiting the OAND.
You have the right to receive safe, competent and ethical naturopathic care. A short 5 minute video made by The college of Naturopaths of Ontario, The College and You, discusses this by answering several important questions.
Dr. Stefania Tiveron ND