The Naturopathy Act fulfils a long-standing priority for Ontario’s naturopathic doctors to join other health professions in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) framework. This strong new regulatory foundation provides an opportunity for the continued evolution of the profession and its contribution to the healthcare system.
With the move into the RHPA framework and a strong new foundation, NDs can also become a more integrated part of the healthcare system. NDs have the potential to increase access to primary care, become more central in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, and — through complementary and advanced practice — provide our unique expertise in treatment that patients may not be able to receive from other professions.
The Naturopathy Act is currently being implemented, with final proclamation expected in March 2013. Ontario NDs have been regulated since the 1920’s, with an excellent record of safe and effective care. OAND will continue with efforts to engage government, the future regulator, and stakeholders to remove barriers that have kept Ontario NDs from being able to practice like they can in every other jurisdiction that has modernized their rules for practice, and use all their skills and training to benefit patients.