Collecting Specimens and Ordering Laboratory Tests
The Naturopathy Act authorizes a naturopath to draw blood from a vein or by skin pricking for the purposes of performing certain blood tests. However, the Act does not authorize a naturopath to:
- collect that specimen of blood;
- collect any other specimen from the human body;
- requisition the collection of a specimen by a specimen collection centre; or
- requisition the performance of laboratory test on a specimen.
These four functions are addressed by the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act (LSCCLA) and its regulations.
The General Regulation under the Naturopathy Act prohibits a naturopath from:
Taking or collecting a specimen to obtain information about diagnosis, prophylaxis or treatment, unless the specimen is identified and authorized in the LSCCLA regulations.
- Performing laboratory tests, or taking blood or other samples from a patient for the purposes of performing a laboratory test, unless the test is identified and authorized by the LSCCLA regulations.
- Ordering a laboratory test, unless it is specified in the LSCCLA regulations.
These provisions, along with the Professional Misconduct Regulation, enable the College to discipline members who do not comply with the requirements of the LSCCLA.
For a copy of the General Regulation, and the regulations made under the LSCCLA, see the Resources section
of the College’s website.