Statutory Committees


The following are brief descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of each of the Statutory Committees of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.  Complete terms of reference for each of the Committees are available for download from the Resource Centre.

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(4) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).

The Discipline Committee shall:
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures governing the disciplinary process of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario;
  • Establish panels and conduct hearings into allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence referred to it by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).  The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Council when the transitional Council is not meeting and reports to the transitional Council.

The Executive Committee shall not make, amend or revoke any regulation or by-law of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

The Executive Committee shall, on behalf of the transitional Council:
  • Lead the strategic planning process and governance planning;
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the governance structure of the College;
  • Prepare the agendas for meetings of the Council;
  • Review and make recommendations to Council on financial matters
  • Provide on-going direction and support to the Registrar, subject to the limitation in section 8.01 of the By-laws that the Executive Committee shall not appoint the Registrar;
  • Lead the process for conducting the annual performance review of the Registrar and make recommendations to the transitional Council on the outcomes of the review, including but not necessarily limited to performance results and changes in compensation;
  • Fulfill the duties and responsibilities assigned to it in the by-laws, including but not necessarily limited to monitoring, auditing and making recommendations to the transitional Council with respect to the performance of Committees and Committee members;
  • Perform such other duties and tasks as assigned to the Committee by Council or as authorized under the Code.
The Executive Committee is elected by the Council of the College from among its members.

Fitness to Practice Committee

The Fitness to Practice Committee is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(5) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).

The Fitness to Practice Committee shall:
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures governing the fitness to practice process of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario;
  • Establish panels and conduct hearings into allegations of incapacity referred to it by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee as required under Schedule 2 of the Code.

Inquires, Complaints and Reports Committee

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(3) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2  to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee shall:
  • Advise Council on the development and maintenance of policies and procedures governing the inquiries, complaints and reports processes of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario;
  • By way of panels appointed by the ICRC Chair, investigate complaints filed with the Registrar, review the submissions from the member(s), make reasonable efforts to review all relevant records and documents and take appropriate action in accordance with section 26 of the Code;
  • Dispose of complaints within the timeframes allowed by the Act;
  • By way of panels appointed by the ICRC Chair, consider Reports received from the Registrar, review the submissions from the member(s), make reasonable efforts to review all relevant records and documents and take appropriate action in accordance with section 26 of the Code;
  • By way of panels appointed by the ICRC Chair, inquire into whether a member is incapacitated and take appropriate action in accordance with sections 58 to 63 of the Code.

Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(6) the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).

The Quality Assurance Committee shall:
  • Advise the transitional Council on the Quality Assurance Program of the College, a program to assure the quality of the practice of the profession and to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the members (Code, s. 1(1) and s. 80);
  • Develop and recommend to transitional Council a Quality Assurance Program that includes but is not necessarily limited to 
    • Continuing education or professional development intended to promote continuing competence, and continuing quality improvement among members, address changes in practice environments and incorporate standards of practice, advances in technology, changes made to entry to practice competencies and other relevant issues as determined by the transitional Council;
    • Self, peer and practice assessments;
    • A mechanism for the College to monitor members’ participation in, and compliance with, the quality assurance program (Code, s. 80.1);
  • Establish such policies and procedures necessary to administer the Quality Assurance Program;
  • Appoint and train assessors for the purposes of the peer and practice assessments component of the Quality Assurance Program;
  • Receive and review reports from assessors with respect to members that have been assessed and take such action as is, in the opinion of the Committee, permitted under section 80.2 of the Code to ensure the continued competence of the member;
  • Disclose the name of a member and allegations against the member to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee if the Quality Assurance Committee is of the opinion that the member may have committed an act of professional misconduct, or may be incompetent or incapacitated (Code, s. 80.2(1)(4)).
Patient Relations Committee

The Patient Relations Committee is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(7) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).

The Patient Relations Committee shall:
  • Advise the Council on the Patient Relations Program of the College, a program to enhance relations between members and patients (Code, s. 1(1) and s. 85);
  • Develop and recommend to  Concil measures for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse of patients, including but not necessarily limited to 
    • educational requirements for members;
    • guidelines for the conduct of members with their patients;
    • training for the College’s staff; and
    • the provision of information to the public (Code, s. 84(3));
  • Administer on behalf of the Council the Funding for Therapy and Counselling Program of the College, including;
    • Developing policies and procedures governing the administration of requests for funding;
    • Developing appropriate forms for patients to seek funding for counselling or therapy under this program;
    • Processing any requests for funding in a timely manner;
    • Overseeing the payment of funds by the Registrar to the therapist or counselor chosen by the person and as approved by the Committee; and
    • Overseeing any proceedings initiated by the College against a member in a court of competent jurisdiction to recover any funds paid by the College where there was a finding by a panel of the Discipline Committee that the member sexually abused a patient (Code, s. 85.7(12)).

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee is a statutory committee of the Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is established pursuant to section 10(1)(2) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”).

The Registration Committee shall:
  • Oversee on behalf of the Council, the College’s review of its registration practices to ensure they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair;
  • Advise the Council on the Registration Requirements of the College, including education, examinations and qualification criteria;
  • Recommend to the Council and approve the required content for the jurisprudence and clinical examinations for the purposes of assessing individual candidates who wish to enter practice in Ontario;
  • Develop and maintain policies for the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition program to assess the competencies of individuals trained in programs other than CNME accredited educational programs;
  • Develop and recommend to the Council such policies and procedures necessary to administer the Registration Program and annual renewal of members;
  • Develop and maintain policies relating to the administration of examinations in the areas of therapeutic prescribing and intravenous infusion therapy for the purpose of identifying those members who can be deemed to have met the Standards of Practice for the performance of these procedures;
  • Consider applications for registration referred to it by the Registrar where:
    • the Registrar is of the view that the applicant may not qualify for registration;
    • the Registrar believes that a term condition or limitation should be imposed on the applicant’s Certificate of Registration; or
    • the Registrar intends to refuse the application (Code, s.15(2));
  • Consider applications to remove or modify a term, condition or limitation that was imposed as a result of a Registration proceeding (Code, s. 19)
  • Consider applications and applicants’ submissions and make orders with respect to the disposition of the application in accordance with the Code (s.18(2) and s. 19(6));
  • Oversee the College’s participation in hearings or reviews of the Registration Committee’s decisions before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (Code, s. 22);
  • Prepare a fair registration practices report annually or at other such times as the Fairness Commissioner may specify;
  • Provide other reports and information to the Fairness Commissioner as required;
  • Oversee the implementation of registration practice audits every three years  or as required by the Fairness Commissioner;
  • Oversee the development of entry to practice examinations, including written and demonstration-based examinations post-proclamation and ongoing.

Terms of Reference

Complete terms of reference for each of the Committees are available for download from the Resource Centre.