Collecting Specimens and Ordering Laboratory Tests

The Naturopathy Act, 2007 authorizes a Member to draw blood from a vein or by skin pricking for the purposes of performing certain blood tests. All other aspects of collecting specimens, performing blood tests and ordering laboratory tests are authorized under the Laboratory Regulation made under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act, 1990 (LSCCLA).

The LSCCLA regulation authorizes a Member to:
  • collect ispecimens for the purpose of performing identified tests;
  • collect identified specimens from a patient for the purpose of requisitioning a laboratory test;
  • requisition the collection of a specimen by a specimen collection centre; or
  • requisition the performance of identified laboratory tests on specimens.
The General Regulation under the Naturopathy Act, 2007 prohibits a Member from:
  • taking or collecting a specimen to obtain information about diagnosis, prophylaxis or treatment, unless the specimen is identified and authorized in the LSCCLA regulations,
  • performing laboratory tests, or taking blood or other samples from a patient for the purposes of performing a laboratory test, unless the test  is identified and authorized by the LSCCLA regulations, and
  • ordering a laboratory test, unless it is specified in the LSCCLA regulations.
These provisions, along with the Professional Misconduct Regulation, enable the College to discipline Members who do not comply with the requirements of the LSCCLA.