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Click HERE to view a PBS segment on a "Naturopathic Approach to Transforming Healthcare."

 

Regulation of Naturopathic Medicine in Minnesota

SF1520  and HF1724, both bills to register naturopathic doctors, were introduced to the Minnesota House and Senate during the 2008 legislative session.  These bills, authored by Representative Neva Walker and Senator Patricia Torres Ray, passed 12 committees and both the House and Senate floors with an overwhelming majority vote. The bill passed initially on the House Floor with a 90 - 42 vote, passed on the Senate Floor with a 60 - 3 vote, and then passed with a final vote of 111 - 22 to concur on the House Floor.

On May 23, 2008, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed HF1724 into law.

The law (Minnesota Statute 147E) creates a registry for Naturopathic doctors, who will be required to register starting on July 1, 2009, and who will be regulated under the Medical Board’s Registered Naturopathic Doctor Advisory Council (which will to be established under the provisions of the statute). The bill also includes the formation of a Health Task Force, which will develop recommendations and proposed legislation, as necessary, on regulating the profession.   

For more info on the Health Task Force click here.

What will registration do?

Registration will provide Minnesotans with safe and effective natural medicine by registered naturopathic doctors.  Our naturopathic registration bill will protect the public by defining educational standards, scope of practice and professional oversight for naturopathic doctors.  The bill will clarify the use of the title "Naturopathic Doctor".  It does NOT impact the practice of other providers.

It will allow naturopathic doctors to provide many of the services they are trained to provide after completing a four-year, residential doctorate program at a naturopathic medical school.

The bill will require graduation from a CNME (Council on Naturopathic Medical Education) accredited four-year naturopathic medical school and passing the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX).
 

Registration will make if possible for Minnesotans to know that when they choose to see a naturopathic doctor, they are choosing a professional who meets the federally recognized standards and the requirements set by the state of Minnesota. 

The bill will NOT prevent any licensed or unlicensed practitioners from practicing within the scope of their license or training.  Registering NDs will NOT limit access to herbs and supplements.

THE INTENT OF OUR LEGISLATIVE EFFORT IN MINNESOTA IS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO NATURAL MEDICINE BY REGISTERING NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS AND ALLOWING THEM TO ASSESS AND TREAT UNDER A DEFINED SCOPE OF PRACTICE.   

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

STAY INFORMED
Join our grassroots network to receive campaign updates, legislative alerts and calls to action.  

HELP SPREAD THE WORD TO OTHER HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS
Talk to your friends, families, and colleagues and ask them to support the registration of naturopathic medicine. 

MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
Your financial support will help fund the costly process of maintaining and monitoring  legislation pertaining to registered naturopathic doctors.

CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES:

Please let your state representatives know that you value naturopathic healthcare in Minnesota and request their full support of legislation for the regulation of qualified naturopaths in Minnesota, allowing them to practice to the full extent of their training. 

Enter your zip code in the box below to go to the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians Action Alert page.