Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Health Care & Wellness Committee

HB 1630

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Brief Description: Concerning the practice of naturopathy.

Sponsors: Representatives DeBolt, Macri, Cody, Harris, Tharinger, Riccelli, Doglio, Kloba, Jinkins and Robinson.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Allows a naturopath to prescribe any legend drug or Schedule III-V controlled substance as necessary in the practice of naturopathy.

  • Expands the naturopathic scope of practice.

  • Allows naturopaths to be known as naturopathic physicians.

Hearing Date: 2/13/19

Staff: Jim Morishima (786-7191).


Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the body through the natural processes of the body. Naturopathic medicine includes:

The Board is the disciplining authority for naturopaths, but the Secretary of Health maintains certain administrative functions, including setting licensing fees, issuing licenses, and hearing appeals of license denials.

Summary of Bill:

A naturopath may prescribe and administer any legend drug or Schedule III-V controlled substance as necessary in the practice of naturopathy. A naturopath may only administer legend drugs and controlled substances if he or she satisfies education and training requirements set by the Board. A naturopath who prescribes controlled substances must register with the Department of Health to access the prescription monitoring program. Additionally, the medicines a naturopath is authorized to administer are expanded to include nutrients, compounds, and natural substances consistent with naturopathic practice.

A naturopath may sign and attest to any certificate, card, form, or other required documentation that a physician may sign if it is within the naturopath’s scope of practice. This includes death certificates, guardianships, powers of attorney, disability determinations, and similar legal documents.

The minor office procedures a naturopath may perform are expanded to include:

Physical modalities a naturopath is authorized to perform are expanded to include medical equipment and modalities that were used before or after July 22, 2011.

The authority to adopt rules regarding the injections a naturopath may perform is changed from the Secretary to the Board. The definition of “Secretary” is eliminated, although some responsibilities given to the Secretary are retained.

Naturopaths may also be known as naturopathic physicians.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on February 6, 2019.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.