The Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners known as “EBNMP” was established in 1998 in Ontario, Canada by its founder, Dr. Sheila McKenzie to satisfy the demand for a registry for Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners. In 2003, the organization was re-named the Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners-North America “EBNMP-NA,” remaining a corporation constituted under the laws of Ontario. In 2004 EBNMP was registered as a USA non-profit organization by Dr.McKenzie.In 2007 the Canadian arm was federally chartered as the Natural Medicine Certification Council(Canada).
It is the belief of BNMDP-NA/NMCC that the resurgence of interest in natural medicine should and will encounter close scrutiny from individuals within and outside the profession of Natural Medicine. Because of the incomplete regulation of Natural Medicine in North America, the activities of a number of untrained individuals have denigrated the reputation of Natural Medicine Practitioners generally. In such a situation, the public, for the most part, has no way of differentiating between qualified and unqualified Natural Medicine Practitioners. BNMDP-NA/NMCC strives to instill the importance of professionalism, a high level of ethics, research and educational standards to safeguard the public interest while satisfying the growing need for a broadly based health care system. BNMDP-NA/NMCC believes that if Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners do not show leadership by establishing and maintaining standards for the profession, others will set standards that may not accord with the basic philosophy and training of Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners.
Potential registrants must demonstrate that they have attained specific standards of competency to assure the public that they have met the educational, ethical and upgrading standards of the certifying body to which they are accountable. BNMDP-NA/NMCC does not represent any one particular Natural Health Profession exclusively; its membership is multidisciplinary, consisting of Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths, Dentists, Naturally Oriented Medical Doctors (MD), Chiropractors, Orthomolecular Medical Doctors (OMD), Eastern Medicine Doctors and other practitioners who identify with the mission of the Board.
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