Stop Naturopath Licensing in North Carolina

On May 26, legislation titled the “North Carolina Naturopathic Doctors Licensure Act (SB 846)” was introduced in the North Carolina Senate. This legislation establishes a licensing regime under which naturopaths may practice in North Carolina. Will you help us stop this bill?

Most naturopathic practices are not supported by science or medicine—period. Unlike the medical standards set for practicing physicians, naturopathic licensing and treatment standards have not been made available to the public or to the regulatory bodies that protect patient health or pharmacological safety and efficacy.

Among its harmful provisions, SB 846 would establish a Naturopathic Doctors Licensure Board that would allow naturopaths to write their own rules. Of the board’s seven members, there would be four naturopaths; two physicians, at least one of whom practices or teaches “integrative medicine”; and one member of the public who may not be a health care professional of any kind. It is not unreasonable to expect that these board members would be overwhelmingly sympathetic to the pseudoscience that pervades naturopathic theory and practice.

This licensing board would have the authority to issue interpretations of the law; adopt, amend, or repeal North Carolina regulations; establish and enforce a code of ethics; define licensing qualifications; adopt a formulary (and reject any recommendations made by a Naturopathic Doctors Formulary Council formed expressly for that purpose); and set license fees.

SB 846 has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate, so we need you to contact your state representatives today and tell them to reject this harmful legislation! For the sake of patient health and safety, we can’t let this bill become law in North Carolina.


Jason Lemieux
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry

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