Acupuncture is an iteration of the controlled act of puncturing the dermis. The Naturopathy Act, 2007 does not authorize naturopaths to perform this act. However, like many other regulated health professions, naturopaths have an exemption for the purposes of performing acupuncture. The exemption is authorized in the Controlled Acts Regulation (Ontario Regulation 107/96) under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, as opposed to the General Regulation under the Naturopathy Act, 2007.
A naturopath is authorized by this exemption to puncture the dermis for the purposes of performing acupuncture, in accordance with the standards of practice of the profession and within the scope of practice of the profession.
A naturopath, when performing acupuncture, is limited to performing acupuncture on the tissue below the dermis. Other regulated health professions, such physicians and Acupuncturists, are also permitted to perform acupuncture on the tissue below the mucous membrane.
Prohibition on Delegation
Naturopaths are prohibited from delegating the performance of acupuncture to another individual. This is due to the fact that naturopaths are only allowed to perform the controlled act by an exemption, and such exemptions cannot be delegated.
Standards of Practice
For the Standards of Practice for Acupuncture, see the Resources section of the College’s website.