ORS 685.020
License required to practice naturopathic medicine

  • use of certain titles and abbreviations
  • license exemption for students


Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, no person shall practice, attempt to practice, or claim to practice naturopathic medicine in this state without first complying with the provisions of this chapter.


Only licensees under this chapter may use any or all of the following terms, consistent with academic degrees earned: “Doctor of Naturopathy” or its abbreviation, “N.D.,” “Naturopath” or “Naturopathic Physician.” However, none of these terms, or any combination of them, shall be so used as to convey the idea that the physician who uses them practices anything other than naturopathic medicine.


Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to a bona fide student of naturopathic medicine who, during the period of the student’s enrollment and as part of a doctoral course of study in an Oregon accredited naturopathic educational institution, engages in clinical training under the supervision of institution faculty, if the clinical training facility and level of supervision meet the standards adopted by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine by rule. [Amended by 1997 c.560 §1; 2001 c.526 §1; 2009 c.43 §12]

Source: Section 685.020 — License required to practice naturopathic medicine; use of certain titles and abbreviations; license exemption for students, https://www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/bills_laws/ors/ors685.­html.

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