Internal Examinations


Under the Naturopathy Act, 2007, a naturopath is authorized to perform “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 naturopath can only perform these controlled acts if meeting the general requirements outlined on the About Controlled Acts page.

In addition, a naturopath 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.
For reference, see the General Regulation in the Resources section of the College’s website.