IONC Regulation Meetings – Update July 2017

IONC Government Regulation/Recognition Meetings – Update July  2017
IONC met with the Ministry of Health on regulation and recognition of Nutritional Consultants on May 18, 2017.  IONC is the initiator of these Government discussions on behalf holistic nutritionists irrespective of designation and/or professional association affiliation.  This dialogue is now going before the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to consider our appropriateness for inclusion in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) or alternate mechanism.  IONC  in collaboration with its professional members, educational institutions, insurance providers and other industry stake holders, has for over 30 years contributed to helping make Ontario and Canada a healthier country.

Over this period, Nutritional Consultants have functioned on the periphery, omitted from legislative policy decisions concerning regulation of healthcare practitioners.  It is time to explore regulatory options for qualified Nutritional Consultants so that they may more fully contribute as proactive practitioners in a Wellness oriented healthcare system.    Please be assured that this is IONC’s primary mandate as it is ultimately through this process that Nutritional Consultants will gain essential protections to maintain privileges to practice and access to supplements.  IONC will dialogue will all stakeholders at the appropriate time with Government direction and support.
The strongest action Nutritional Consultants can take to support this process is to ensure their membership is up to date and to invest in themselves, through continuing education in Orthomolecular and Holistic Nutrition.  We thank all Nutritional Consultants for their dedication to this healing profession and look forward to sharing more with you in the upcoming months.
Member Question:  Can I still sell or recommend homeopathic remedies now that Homeopathy is regulated?
According to the Government of Canada website, section “What are Natural Health Products?”, NHPs are approved for sale under the Natural Health Product Regulations (NHPR), and are safe to use as over the counter products. The natural health products (NHPs) reference list includes:  vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathics etc.   The Homeopathy Act 2007 contains the procedural law governing Homeopathic Prescription within the Homeopathic scope of practice. This includes administering (MT, X, D, C, Q or LM) homeopathic potency based on a differential diagnosis as part of a ‘Homeopathic Assessment’.
It is IONC’s understanding that currently, as long as Nutritional Consultants do not represent themselves as Homeopaths or prescribe complex constitutional remedies such as in part of a ‘Homeopathic Assessment’, simple over-the-counter homeopathic preparations as found in most health food stores should not be an issue.   Continued access to NHPs (whatever their schedule) is an important reason to have government recognition of Nutritional Consultants.

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