Alberta announces a new regulation under the Health Professions Act establishing the College of Naturopathic Doctors


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As of August 1, 2012, Alberta now regulates the naturopathic profession through the College of Naturopathic Doctors, the new governing body for the profession. Alberta joins British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario in broadening access to alternative care in wellness and illness prevention.

Until recently, the naturopathic profession in Alberta has been unregulated.  Through changes to regulation under the Health Professions Act which took effect on August 1, 2012 the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta has been established as a self-governing body of the profession. 

A news release issued by the Alberta government confirms that this regulation allows the College to:

  • set standards for professional practice
  • investigate complaints
  • govern the use of protected titles including that of naturopath and naturopathic doctor.

This is good news to plan sponsors and plan members who have coverage for licensed naturopaths under our Extended Health Care (EHC) benefit. Naturopathic doctors who are registered with the College must have achieved the skill and level of competency of the regulated profession in order to practice in Alberta. That translates into better public safety and more options for plan members seeking alternatives in health care practitioners.

What’s next?

We anticipate that this change in regulation will have little, if any, impact on a plan member’s experience or on our EHC plans which cover naturopathic services in Alberta.

Prior to August 1, Sun Life had recognized naturopaths who were members of the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (AANP). With the establishment of the College, under the new regulation any registered members of AANP on August 1, 2012 were automatically deemed to be registered as a regulated member under the Health Professions Act. Therefore, Sun Life will continue to recognize these naturopaths as eligible practitioners under our EHC plans which include coverage for these services.  Any claim expenses performed by practitioners who are not registered with the College are ineligible.

You may want to share this information with your plan members.

Further information about the naturopathic profession in Alberta can be found on the College’s website at


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