SB 524 - This act regulates the licensing of naturopathic physicians.
Definitions are created relating to naturopathic medicine and required education. The act establishes requirements and procedures for the initial licensure of naturopaths.
The Advisory Commission for Naturopathic Medicine is established for the purpose of advising the state board of healing arts on the licensure and supervision of all naturopathic physicians. The Commission shall consist of six members, one of which must be a public member, who will be appointed by the Governor. Each member shall serve a four year term, except for the members first appointed.
The State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts has the authority to adopt rules for licensing, enforce the provisions of this act, set the amount of fees, and deposit moneys in the Board's fund. The Board may prescribe continuing education requirements.
Naturopaths must display a license or certificate in a conspicuous location that is accessible to the public. Any person seeking to practice as a naturopathic physician must take and pass required examinations. Persons licensed in other states that authorize the practice of naturopathy to the same extent and the same manner as Missouri shall be licensed without examination. The Board is authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states.
The act creates a list of persons who are exempt from the licensure requirements. The act creates a "grandfathering" provision to allow for the licensure of naturopathic physicians who do not satisfy certain education requirements, provided such physicians meet other requirements relating to the active practice of naturopathic medicine. Such persons must apply for licensure by July 1, 2007.
Any person violating the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
A naturopathic physician must meet the Board's minimum requirements for continuing education in order to renew a certificate of registration. Every licensed naturopathic physician must renew their certificate of registration on or before the renewal date. A blank application form for registration will be mailed to the last known office or residence address. The failure to receive the application form does not mitigate the duty to register or exempt from penalties. Registration fees must be paid to the Director of the Department and must accompany the application for registration.
This act is similar to SB 1039 (2004).