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  • Summary date: Apr 18 2013 - View Summary

    Amends GS 55B-2 to add Naturopathic Doctors among those included under the definition of professional service.

    Adds new Article 43, North Carolina Naturopathic Doctors Licensure Act, to GS Chapter 90. Prohibits a person from practicing on or after January 1, 2014, as a naturopathic physician without a state license issued pursuant to the bill, with specified exemptions. Defines naturopathic medicine generally as a system of natural health care that employs treatment using natural therapies and diagnostic techniques. Sets out the techniques that may and may not be used by naturopathic physicians. Makes violation of proposed GS 90-735 (requiring licensure) a Class I felony. Sets out qualifications for licensure as a naturopathic physician, fees that may be charged by the NC Medical Board (Board), and the Board's disciplinary authority. Permits criminal record checks for licensees and persons seeking licenses.

    Amends GS 90-2 to increase the NC Medical Board to 14 members by adding representation by two licensed naturopathic doctors.

    Amends GS 90-18 to provide that the practice of naturopathic medicine does not constitute practicing medicine or surgery.

    Effective January 1, 2017, establishes the NC Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Board (Licensing Board), with seven members (three appointed by the Governor and two each upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representative and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, with each member having to come from specified groups) to be appointed by January 1, 2017. Prohibits members from serving more than two consecutive terms. Charges the Licensing Board with administration of the licensing program, effective January 1, 2017 (before then the program is administered by the NC Medical Board).