Current Issues and Alerts 2017-06-05T11:14:01+00:00

Current Legislative Issues and Alerts

California SB 796 –

Under current law, the Naturopathic Medicine Committee (under the Osteopathic Medical Board) licenses and regulates the practice of Naturopathic Medicine. Current law sunsets the operation of the Committee on January 1, 2018.

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Section 3660 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read: Require individuals to be licensed to use the terms “naturopath”, naturopathic practitioner”, or “traditional naturopathic practitioner”;

Please contact your Senators and urge them to vote NO on SB 796! Contact us at if you need a list of Senators to contact.


On May 30th the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care voted down an amendment that would have required a form of registration for health and wellness coaches. This amendment was written so broadly, giving up so much authority to the Health Licensing Office, that it could easily have been turned into a de facto license requirement. Working with educational institutions, corporations, labor groups, and practitioners from numerous disciplines, it only took the committee ten minutes to crush the amendment! Holistic nutrition professionals showed up in force and our voice was heard loud and clear!

North Carolina

On May 11th the North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would create an exemption for the unlicensed practice of nutrition. This will immediately, upon passage by the Senate and signed by the Governor, greatly improve the practice of holistic nutrition. Next this legislation will be considered by the Senate,  where we expect it to also pass, and we should see it signed into law by the Governor soon thereafter. The legislative session will end around mid June, and with the dietitians and nutritionists all on board together with us, the prognosis is very good.

Colorado –

In the 2013 legislative session, Colorado passed two bills with important implications for natural health providers:

SB 215

This bill established a Right to Practice for approximately 10,000 natural health providers (NHPs) in the state, and as such, was a major victory! For the first time in the state’s history, NHPs can practice without fear of restriction or regulation, so long as they provide a specified written disclosure to each client, do not engage in acts prohibited by the bill, and do not violate practice acts regulating licensed, certified or registered health care professionals.

HB 1111

This bill limits the use of the “N.D.” or “Naturopathic Doctor” title to those who were educated at an Accredited educational institution (accredited by a government-recognized accrediting agency).  Individuals Certified by ANCB as a “CTN,” or “Certified Traditional Naturopath,” are free to practice with this title.