*Note: On Feb 8, 2013, HB 612, to license naturopathic doctors in PA, was introduced by
Representative Mark Mustio. It was passed out of the House Professional Licensure
Committee on June 5, 2013.
On October 2, 2013, the House passed HB 612 by a margin of 161-33. It is now up for consideration
in the Senate
The PANP is working toward regulation of the naturopathic profession to protect Pennsylvania consumers. Licensing provides a clear and unequivocal means for the public to identify and rely on graduate level trained Naturopathic Doctors.
Licensing NDs would provide:
Quality Assurance ~ Licensing would ensure that NDs adhere to the same benchmarks of professional accountability as do other licensed health professionals.
Health Freedom ~ Licensure is necessary in order to provide the public with availability and accessibility to choices in health care.
Treatment Integration ~ With licensure, naturopathic doctors would be expected to operate according to set standards and competency requirements. Professionals would be free to communicate with, refer patients to, and integrate techniques with standard natural treatments.
Fraud Protection ~ Protection for the public is an essential concern of the PANP. Currently, the public is not able to easily identify physician-level trained naturopathic doctors. Anyone regardless of training can claim to be a 'Naturopath,' yet consumers deserve and expect regulation of health care professionals, including NDs. Licensure would insure the reliability of the practitioners and their education.
Cost Effectiveness ~ Naturopathic doctors focus on the health education and prevention of disease. Dietary management along with natural medicines are proven to improve many of today’s most expensive health conditions. This approach results in fewer number of doctor visits, less use of prescription medications and less expensive surgeries.
Watch this Video Clip:
This episode of Ask the Naturopath, with Heidi Weinhold, ND, aired in May 2011. In this clip, Heidi talks with John Laird, another Pennsylvania Naturopathic Doctor, about licensure of naturopathic doctors in PA.