The Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND) is working diligently toward the implementation of full regulatory legislation in Nova Scotia. Once proclaimed, Nova Scotia will join British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario as a fully regulated jurisdiction.
Currently, the Naturopathic Doctors Act (2008) is the singular piece of legislation present in Nova Scotia. While a step in the right direction, it offers only title protection for practicing naturopathic doctors. Presently, it is incumbent on the patient to ensure his or her ND's training background prior to seeking care. Establishing robust legislation is a top priority for NSAND.
As the number of practitioners continues to grow, having a regulatory framework in place is essential to ensuring a high standard of care and protection. Nova Scotians deserve the assurance of a rigorously trained and governed professional when seeking naturopathic medical services.
Naturopathic medicine is an excellent avenue for helping Nova Scotians achieve their health potential while lessening the burden on the current healthcare system. In this light, NSAND appreciates the public’s continuing support as we move toward legislation regulating the practice of naturopathic medicine in our province.