Naturopathy; establishes licensure requirements for practice thereof. (HB1820)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Practice of naturopathy. Establishes licensure requirements for the practice of naturopathy. This bill establishes criteria for the practice of naturopathy, including educational requirements, examinations, scope of practice, requirements for the promulgation of regulations governing the profession, and an advisory board to the Board of Medicine. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098156588
01/12/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1820)
01/16/2009Assigned HWI sub: Health
02/02/2009Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/10/2009Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Pat B writes:

Golly, here we go again. (Are there 2 bills - HB784 also addresses naturopathic licensure?)
Anyway, why are we spending taxpayer money...
1) to regulate and restrict natural healing practices that are perfectly safe (by setting up a regulatory board and blah, blah, blah),
2) to give special privileges to less than 10 people in the whole commonwealth,
3) to shut down traditional naturopathic businesses?
This was a bad idea last year, and every year it has been introduced. Go away.

Tracy writes:

This bill is extremely important. It will allow graduates of 4-year naturopathic medical schools to practice as primary-care physicians in Virginia.
When this bill passes, more NDs will consider practicing in Virginia, thus impacting the entire Commonwealth by increasing access to health care, particularly in rural communities.
It will also increase options for patients by allowing them to choose a primary-care doctor who utilizes natural medicine in addition to necessary pharmaceuticals, labs, and imaging.
The goal of this bill is to improve the ability of medically trained naturopathic physicians to practice as they are trained, not to restrict natural healing practices or shut down traditional naturopaths.