Being honest, acting consistently and honouring commitments to deliver safe and competent care is the basis of health consumers’ trust in naturopaths. Integrity means consistently acting according to values and principles and being accountable and responsible for our actions. As health professionals, naturopaths are personally accountable for their practice, and must be able to justify their decisions.
The quality of naturopathic practice and science depends on the competence, values and the environment in which Registered Naturopaths work. Best practice flourishes when honesty, self-evaluation, constructive criticism and communication are valued, and where adherence to the highest professional standards and ethics prevails.
This Code is not intended to cover every situation and it is anticipated that members will adapt the fundamental principles to the particular circumstances of their work. It is expected that members will adhere to ethical requirements placed on them by legislation, regulations, advisory committees, professional bodies and their employer.
Naturopathy is not currently regulated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA). However, NMHNZ concurs with the purpose of the Act and encourages its professional members to meet safety standards.
NMHNZ operates a voluntary registration system that registers naturopaths who meet specified academic criteria and sets standards for education and ongoing professional development.