Internal Examinations


Under the Naturopathy Act, 2007, a Member is authorized to perform the following “internal examinations” on their patients:

  • Putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the labia majora but not beyond the cervix.
  • Putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the anal verge but not beyond the rectal-sigmoidal junction.

A Member can only perform these controlled acts if they meet the general requirements outlined on the About Controlled Acts page.

In addition, as outlined in the General Regulation a Member may only perform these controlled acts to:
  • Examine a patient in the course of an assessment or formulation of a naturopathic diagnosis.
  • Treat a patient with naturopathic treatments or remedies.
  • Take or collect a specimen.
 More information about performing internal examinations can be found in the Standard of Practice for Internal Examinations.