Regulatory Announcements

  • Mon, April 08, 2019 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    During the 2019 NM legislative session the Naturopathic Doctors Practice Act (SB 135) was passed into law. Beginning in July of 2020, naturopathic doctors will be granted a license by the New Mexico Medical Board to practice as a primary care physicians when they have:

    • Completed an approved naturopathic medical education from an accredited four-year graduate level medical program similar to that of medical doctors, offering full-time didactic and supervised clinical training.
    • Passed a national professional examination.
    • Passed state jurisprudence and pharmacy exams.
    • Demonstrated good moral and professional character.
  • Mon, October 29, 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Federation appreciates this opportunity to comment on the exposure draft for Proposed Regulation 16-4953-ND. While the FNMRA supports the majority of the language in the exposure draft, there two areas we see as problematic for proper regulation of naturopathic doctors in the Commonwealth:

    1.       The use of terminology that is inconsistent with naturopathic medical education, scope of practice, and regulation as outlined in HB 516.

    2.       The informed consent and advertising section of the exposure draft that does not allow registered naturopathic doctors (N.Ds) to say they practice medicine or use the terms “physician, medicine or medical” in their advertising. This language is contrary to the education and competence of qualified naturopathic doctors.

    Click here to read the entire letter

  • Mon, October 01, 2018 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    SpiritMed Medical Education ( been successfully accredited by the North American Naturopathic Continuing Education Council for Full Accreditation. This is based on the review of your submitted materials that demonstrate compliance with the NANCEAC Standards. The term of accreditation is 5 years.

    NANCEAC looks forward to partnering with SpiritMed Medical Education to improve continuing education for the naturopathic profession.

  • Fri, August 31, 2018 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities (FNMRA) supports regulation of naturopathic medicine in North Carolina. Regulation is integral to the promotion of safe naturopathic practice and protection of the public.

    North Carolina has many practitioners of alternative medicine. Some of these practitioners identify themselves as being qualified to provide naturopathic medical care, but they have little formal training and are not qualified to diagnose and treat disease. Regulation of naturopathic medicine ensures that naturopathic doctors are competent by establishing educational and practice standards. Furthermore, a naturopathic medicine regulatory structure will allow enforcement of the state’s rules by monitoring licensee activity and implementing disciplinary actions. 

    Click here to read the entire letter.

  • Tue, June 12, 2018 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    The FNMRA believes that naturopathic medicine should be covered by health insurance in the state of Rhode Island for several reasons:

    ·         denying coverage to patients of naturopathic physicians (NDs) prevents those patients from
            getting the care they need, thus adversely affecting public health and safety;

    ·         providing insurance coverage to NDs allows for greater consumer choice;

    ·         NDs are part of the solution to the shortage of primary care physicians; and

    ·         NDs provide care that results in lower health-care costs and lower prescription drug costs.

    Many states and insurance companies already cover naturopathic medicine. Oregon and Vermont allow Medicaid reimbursement to NDs. New Hampshire and the state of Washington require that all health insurance companies reimburse for naturopathic medicine.

    It is important to note that NDs use many of the same universal billing codes as MDs for routine visits.

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides that insurers include and reimburse licensed health care providers, including naturopathic physicians, in health insurance plans. Specifically, Section 2706 of the ACA, titled “Non-Discrimination in Health Care,” states that insurers “shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification under applicable State law.”       

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Naturopathic physicians in Canada are celebrating this week with informational lectures and giveaways. Learn more about naturopathic medicine. See this page for more information about events across Canada.

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    The Washington State Department of Health has rolled out an online application for initial naturopathic physician credentials. Check out the features of the online application portal on YouTube. Information about how to access the online application for this profession is located on the Department's website.

  • Tue, April 03, 2018 10:48 AM | Anonymous
    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. For more information:

    Need to dispose of prescription drugs before the next Take Back Day? To locate a year-round authorized collector in your area:

  • Thu, March 08, 2018 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    Senate Bill 1547 passed over the weekend, despite a lengthy list of opponents. This bill allows NDs to sign off on "return to play" forms to clear an athlete for play after a head injury. The Legislature moved to include NDs, chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to this expanded list of medical professionals.

    Please note: Under Senate Bill 1547, NDs and other newly eligible providers will need to undergo a training course put together by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). This will be an online module with Oregon-specific details around concussion management, and it is currently being created.
  • Mon, January 22, 2018 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    A service for consumers from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM). The AANP and the INM would like to acknowledge the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) for its contributions to the content the FAQs.

    The FAQs can be found at

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