Consultation - Standards of Practice and Guidelines  

As a part of its strategic objectives, the College reviews and where appropriate revises Standards of Practice and Practice Guidelines. As a part of this process the College consults with stakeholders - the public, Members of the profession, other health regulatory Colleges, professional associations and educators - to get valuable feedback.

All feedback is appreciated - both what you think works well and what you think does not. Please note your comments may be published anonymously on the College website.

Please take a few minutes to review the draft Standard of Practice and Practice Guideline below. Once you have reviewed the documentation, please send us any comments, feedback or questions you may have.

Please send your feedback on or before: July 5, 2020

Standards of Practice

Standards of Practice outline the minimum standards that all registered naturopaths (NDs) in Ontario must meet.

Standards of Practice set out the legal and professional basis for the practice of naturopathy. Each standard describes the expected level of performance for that topic, and together they form a framework for ensuring continuing competence among NDs. Standards of Practice are established as a consensus of the profession and are statements from NDs on how they practice. They are subsequently used by the profession to evaluate the performance of NDs by their peers.

Your feedback is being sought on the following Standard of Practice.

Infection Control                              Updates include references to the appropriate use of PPE, additional signage on how and when to use hand sanitizer and masks, considerations for additional engineering controls such as plexiglass barriers and hand washing sinks.

Updates to the Resources Hyperlinks 

* The Standard of Practice can be downloaded below.

Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines are intended to elaborate on the Standards of Practice of the profession. Guidelines provide recommendations on how NDs can deal with particular situations to be compliant with the rules, regulations and standards. To complement the high-level descriptions found in other documents, guidelines offer further meaning, context and clarity. The guidelines are helpful in offering scenarios, checklists and issues to consider.

Your feedback is being sought on the following Practice Guideline.

This is a new guideline that outlines specific information about important factors naturopaths must consider before providing a virtual visit by phone or videoconference. Examples of those factors include making sure there is a formal naturopathic doctor-patient relationship, ensuring privacy and confidentiality, obtaining informed consent and keeping proper patient records.

* The Guideline can be downloaded below.

We want to hear your thoughts...

Send us your comments:
Phone: 416-583-6018
Mail: College of Naturopaths of Ontario; Attn: Jeremy Quesnelle
150 John Street, 10th Floor, Toronto, ON  M5V 3E3
Facsimile: 416-583-6011

Telepractice Guideline
(Adobe PDF File)