Regulation - Minister

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg 682 (Laboratories)
O. Reg 683 683 (Specimen Collection Centres)
O. Reg 107/96 (Controlled Acts)
Bill or Act:
Act
Summary of Proposal:
Description of the Proposal

In 2007, the Legislature passed, as part of the Health System Improvements Act, 2007, the Naturopathy Act, 2007 which is intended to transition the profession of naturopathy from the Drugless Practitioners Act (DPA) to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Naturopathy Act, 2007. To complete the transition from the DPA to the RHPA and the Naturopathy Act, 2007 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing to amend the following regulations:

1. Ontario Regulations 682 (Laboratories) and 683 (Specimen Collection Centres) under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act (LSCCLA).
2. Ontario Regulation 107/96 (Controlled Acts) under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).

Summary

The ministry is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Ontario Regulations 682 and 683 under the LSCCLA. These amendments, if approved would allow members of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario to:

1. Request Ontario licensed laboratories to perform certain laboratory tests and Ontario specimen collection centres to take or collect specimens from patients for certain laboratory tests;
2. Take or collect blood or other specimens from a patient for purposes of performing certain tests in their offices; and,
3. Take or collect certain specimens other than blood, for certain laboratory tests, on the condition that the specimen must be sent to an Ontario licensed laboratory for testing.

The tests requested by a naturopath will not be publicly funded tests paid by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

Further information about these changes can be found in the attached document.

As a result of the ministry's consultation, the transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario ("transitional Council") is also proposing changes to its proposed Controlled Acts Regulation, made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007. The transitional Council will be consulting on provisions regarding additional information related to laboratory tests that the profession needs to support patient safety and to ensure that they are consistent with naturopathic practise.

It is expected that all proposed regulations would come into force on the same day that section 5 of the Naturopathy Act, 2007, which establishes the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, is proclaimed into force.

Housekeeping amendments are also being proposed to the Controlled Acts Regulation made under the RHPA which will remove the broad exemption to the controlled acts provision under the RHPA since the naturopaths will be governed under the RHPA and Naturopathy Act, 2007. Changes are also being proposed to ensure that naturopaths can continue to offer acupuncture as part of their practice.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
15-HLTC008
Posting Date:
April 1, 2015
Comments Due Date:
May 15, 2015
Contact Address:
Regulatory Policy Unit Consultation
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
12 Floor
56 Wellesley Street West
Toronto ON M5S 2S3