SB 0327 Allows the certification of naturopathic practitioners
LR Number:0906S.01I Fiscal Note:0906-01
Committee:Financial and Governmental Organization
Last Action:03/26/01 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Financial & Governmental Org., Journal page:
Veterans' Affairs & Elections Committee (0906S.03C)
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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SCS/SB 327 - This act requires all naturopathic practitioners to be certified.

The act defines "naturopathy" as a noninvasive health practice, without the use of surgery or drugs. Naturopathy consists of assessment, education, counseling, and natural health remedies, including the use of foods, vitamins, herbs, and homeopathic remedies, among other treatments. (Section 324.750)

Compliance with this act is required in order to represent oneself as certified to practice naturopathy. Naturopaths are prohibited from performing certain acts, such as administering controlled substances, performing surgery, practicing medicine, false advertising or using the title of "doctor". (Section 324.753 through 324.759)

The Department of Economic Development is allowed to develop rules and establish fees to administer the act. (Section 324.762)

Each certified naturopath is required to provide naturopathic clients with a written copy of the naturopathic client bill of rights. A copy must also be posted in the practitioner's office. The bill of rights must include name and title of the practitioner, degrees awarded, a statement that the State has not adopted any training standards for certified naturopaths, complaint procedures, fees, and confidentiality procedures, among other information. (Section 324.765)

All naturopathic clients are required to sign a written statement of receipt of the bill of rights. The Department of Economic Development must issue certificates to practice naturopathy to all persons passing one of the required examinations. (Section 324.768)

This act shall not be construed as interfering with any religious practices or beliefs. (Section 324.771)

The act contains a severance clause. (Section 324.774)

The "Missouri Naturopathic Advisory Committee" is created with five members to be appointed by the Department. With exception of the initial appointees, members will hold office for six years. (Section 324.777)

This act is similar to SB 1024 (2000).