Use of specialist titles by naturopathic physicians

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has received several expressions of concerns from registrants regarding the use of specialist titles by naturopathic physicians, such a "naturopathic oncologist" or "naturopathic physician specializing in oncology." Discussions with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC have confirmed that naturopathic physicians may not hold themselves out to the public as specialists.

As health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act, registrants of the College of Naturopathic Physicians are subject to the same legal requirements as physicians and surgeons, and similar processes exist to review concerns regarding a naturopathic physician’s practice or conduct.

Registrants who become aware of any naturopathic physician identifying him/herself as a specialist, or advertising that s/he is a “naturopathic oncologist” may contact the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC at 604-688-8236 or visit their website at www.cnpbc.bc.ca to learn more about filing a complaint.