(March 23, 2016) This is a general reminder to all members of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario who incorporate injections into their practice (this includes both Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT) and non-IVIT injections) that under the Regulated Health Professions Act, injecting a substance is a controlled act and as such requires that members meet the following standards of practice, as outlined in Part II (Controlled Acts) of the General Regulation, prior to performing the procedure(s).
Members of the College are not permitted to inject substances until they have met the Standard of Practice for Prescribing. In order to meet this Standard of Practice, a member must:
successfully complete the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics Course, and
successfully complete the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics Examination.
In addition, members wishing to administer a prescribed substance by IVIT must also meet the Standard of Practice for IVIT (in addition to the above Standard of Practice for Prescribing). In order to meet this Standard of Practice, a member must:
successfully complete a College approved course in Intravenous Infusion Therapy, and
successfully complete a College approved examination in Intravenous Infusion Therapy.
What does this mean?
Members may not administer any of the prescribed substances by injection, for example B12, until they have met the Standard of Practice for Prescribing (and Standard of Practice for IVIT if the administration is by IVIT). Once a member has met this Standard(s) of Practice he or she may only administer the prescribed substances listed in Table 2 of the General Regulation in accordance with the routes of administration and limitations outlined.
The College recognizes that some members incorporated some of these treatments, such as administering B12 by injection, into their practice under the former Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy. Now that Naturopaths in Ontario are regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Naturopathy Act, they must meet the applicable standards of practice before they are permitted to do so.
Members interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the College’s website and download the following materials from the Resources section:
- General Regulation
- Standard of Practice on Injections
- Standard of Practice on IVIT
- Standard of Practice on Prescribing
Members who have questions are invited to contact:
Dr. Mary-Ellen McKenna, ND (Inactive)
Regulatory Education Specialist