The regulatory bodies for naturopathy in Canada are proud to announce the formation of the Canadian Alliance of Naturopathic Regulatory Authorities (CANRA). The voluntary alliance was established in Vancouver, BC on February 26, 2018.

CANRA’s goals are to
· Promote communication and cooperation among its members.
· Promote information sharing among members relating to regulation, administration, education and health care generally.
· Work to create opportunities to work collaboratively on matters relating to the regulation of the naturopathic profession in Canada.

Current members include all of the regulatory authorities for the profession in Canada:
· College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC);
· College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA);
· Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP);
· Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA); and
· College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).

“As regulatory authorities governing naturopathic doctors in five Canadian jurisdictions, we have a great deal in common and share interests and challenges in regulation in the modern age. This alliance creates a formal structure to support cooperation and collaboration, to learn from one another so that we can regulate effectively and efficiently,” said Dr. Beverly Huang, ND, President of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta.

As an alliance, CANRA has no authority over the individual regulatory authorities that form its membership and its primary focus will be on supporting best practices in regulation, through effective examinations, entry-to-practice processes, good governance and many other fundamentals of regulation.

“It was our pleasure to host the inaugural meeting of CANRA in British Columbia in late February. We had very productive and informative discussions that included and engaged all of the regulatory authorities across Canada. Our meetings always reinforce the benefit of information sharing about key issues, changes and initiatives underway in each jurisdiction as they will clearly impact all of us across the country,” said Dr. Rebecca Pitfield, ND, President of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.

The Alliance will use consensus-based decision-making to guide its work. Two senior representatives from each regulatory authority are invited to attend and will rotate the chairing of meetings. CANRA members are responsible for reporting on the activities of the Alliance to their respective organizations.

Two in-person and four teleconference meetings will be held each year, with the next meeting scheduled for September 2018. CANRA is funded by its individual members and attendance at meetings is at the cost of those members. Where a member agrees to host an in person meeting, they will be responsible for all meeting costs. Any newly-created regulatory authorities from other Canadian provinces and territories will be invited to join CANRA once legislation that establishes their regulatory authority has been given Royal Assent by their provincial/territorial government.
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    Welcoming CANRA!
    This is great! It was long overdue and most definitely needed for ensuring the congruity and consistency of naturopathic medicine throughout Canada. It is very confusing for patients when they find out that--for example--NDs in BC can prescribe certain products and ON NDs cannot; similarly, that NDs in other jurisdictions can request diagnostic imaging and ON NDs cannot. With more direct and formal  communication and better understanding of regional regulations and patient needs, hopefully, all these jurisdictions will be able to provide Canadians with the full scope of naturopathic medicine in the near future. 

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    Thank you for the positive
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    Margot White
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    April 3, 2018

    Thank you for the positive feedback! We look forward to even greater collaboration between Canada’s naturopathic regulators and to keeping the profession informed of our activities and progress.