Homeopaths to be regulated in Ontario April 1st 2015 – What does this mean for you?

Today is a big day for homeopathy in Ontario as the Homeopathy Act of 2007 will be proclaimed and the College of Homeopaths is formed.  This means that the homeopathic profession will now be regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) alongside naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, etc.  Here’s a link to the Ontario College of Homeopaths which explains more about the regulation of the homeopathic profession.

Regulation of a profession ensures that we have access to holistic health care of a high quality standard.  In order to be licensed under the new College of Homeopaths, a homeopath must meet a certain standard of education, clinical knowledge and experience.

Regulation of a profession also protects the public from professional misconduct.  Professional standards of practice will now be in place to guide homeopaths in providing the highest standard of care to their patients.  Now if there is a complaint, we have a process for reporting the complaint and a regulatory body to discipline the homeopath if they are not meeting the standards of care.

As a naturopathic doctor, homeopathy is currently part of and will remain part of my scope of practice.  In addition to my education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I completed the Accelerated Diploma Program for Naturopathic Doctors provided by the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine.

I am pleased to announce that I am currently applying to the College of Homeopaths for my homeopathic license.  This means I will hold a license as a naturopathic doctor and as a homeopath.

What does this mean for you as a patient?

It means more options for your health care.  I can provide homeopathic care within the scope of a naturopathic visit along with the other naturopathic modalities of nutrition, lifestyle changes, herbal medicine and acupuncture.  Or if you are interested in homeopathic treatment alone, I can provide homeopathic care in a separate visit under my homeopathic license.

For those of you with extended health benefits for naturopathic medicine, look out for homeopathic medicine to be added in as a separate category.  Most insurance plans already cover homeopathic medicine.  It is your employer who chooses which coverage to include.  If you would like to see homeopathic medicine covered under your health insurance plan, it is best to speak with your human resources department about this matter.

This is an exciting time for holistic health care in Ontario! I’m looking forward to providing homeopathic medicine as part of your health care team.

Dr. Ellen