In provinces that license naturopathic doctors (NDs) including British Columbia, the profession is regulated. In B.C., NDs are regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. (CNPBC), which oversees standards and conditions, acts on complaints regarding patient care and mandates continuing education policies.
To practice in B.C. naturopathic physicians must:
- Complete a three or four year program at a CNPBC-approved college or university;
- Graduate from an accredited, graduate-level college of naturopathic medicine, which requires actual attendance of no less than 4,500 school hours;
- Successfully pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams;
- Successfully pass the B.C. Jurisprudence and Oral exams.
Licensed naturopathic physicians must also fulfill continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their province.