The Council of the College has directed the Registrar to prepare amendments to the Council’s policies to be considered that would require the publication of cease and desist letters on the College’s website.

A cease and desist letter is a formal letter sent by the College to an individual who is not a member of the College and who is seen to be breaching the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Naturopathy Act, 2007 or the regulations under those acts. The breach may be in any of a number of areas, such as using the title naturopath or naturopathic doctor, performing a controlled act authorized to the profession or holding themselves out to be a naturopath, when they are not registered with the College.

A cease and desist letter is the first step in a process where the College could seek an injunction against an individual who is breaching the law. The injunction would be ordered by a judge from the Superior Court of Justice. The purpose of the injunction is to obtain the direction of the court in ensuring an unregulated person stops the activities that break the rules. Where an injunction is granted and the person does not comply, the College could return to the Court and seek enforcement by way of contempt of court. 

Alternatively, the College can also ask the Attorney General of Ontario to press charges in Provincial Offences Court on the basis of the individual breaching the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the Naturopathy Act, 2007 and its regulations. 

Currently, the College publishes the names of individuals against whom it is seeking or has been granted an injunction. The proposed policy change would enable publication of potential illegal practitioners earlier in the process and illuminate an important but often unknown role of the regulatory authority.

What do you think? Should the College be publishing this information?