SB 1024 Allows naturopathic practitioners to become certified
LR Number:3424L.01I Fiscal Note:3424-01
Committee:Public Health and Welfare
Last Action:04/12/00 - Hearing Conducted S Public Health & Welfare Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2000
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SB 1024 - This act allows the certification of naturopathic practitioners and will be known as the "Naturopathic Certification Act". The practice of "naturopathy" is defined as non-invasive health care, without the use of surgery or drugs. Naturopathy consists of assessment, education, counseling, and the use of natural health remedies.

Any individual who is certified as a naturopath, but not licensed to practice medicine in Missouri must post a written notice and provide it to all clients. Certificates will be issued by the Department of Economic Development to those who satisfy the listed requirements. Certified naturopaths may not prescribe, dispense, or administer controlled substances; perform surgery; or practice or claim to practice certain medical specialties.

The Division of Professional Registration must administer and oversee the application process for naturopaths. It shall provide an annual roster of certified naturopaths in the state and appoint an advisory committee, consisting of 5 members.

These provisions will not limit certain practices and programs, as specified in this section. The practice of non- certified naturopathy is not prohibited by this act. This act will not prevent certified naturopaths from selling certain products. This act shall not be construed as interfering with any religious practices or beliefs.

This bill is similar to SB 317 (1999).