WNF: Standing of the World Naturopathic Federation

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Iva Lloyd, ND, RPP

Naturopathic Information

The 2nd World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) Normal Meeting was hosted on the American Affiliation of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) convention July 11-12, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ. The next is a abstract of the WNF presentation that was shared with AANP delegates.

Historical past of the WNF

The thought of getting a world federation to symbolize the worldwide pursuits of the naturopathic occupation has been tried a number of occasions prior to now, however has by no means actually gotten off the bottom. The thought to kind a world federation was mentioned on the 2013 Worldwide Congress on Naturopathic Drugs (ICNM) convention, was furthered by the efforts of the AANP’s World Well being Community, and was then spearheaded by naturopathic docs Tabatha Parker and Jon Wardle.

Through the 2014 ICNM convention in Paris, France, 30 naturopaths / naturopathic docs spanning 20 international locations attended conferences the place the mission of a world federation was mentioned. On the closing assembly, it was unanimously agreed to start out the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF). An interim committee, made up of naturopaths / naturopathic docs from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, India, New Zealand, Spain, and the USA, was chosen to formally incorporate the WNF and to create an infrastructure for the WNF together with bylaws, a emblem, and web site.

In November of 2014, the WNF was formally integrated in Canada. The inaugural assembly of the WNF was held in June 2015 in Calgary, Canada, throughout the CAND’s Well being Fusion convention. The main target of the first WNF Normal Meeting was on brainstorming and figuring out the priorities of the WNF for the following few years.

WNF’s Mission

The mission of the WNF is to:

  • Assist the expansion and variety of the naturopathic occupation worldwide
  • Assist the regulation of the naturopathic occupation
  • Promote accreditation and the very best in academic requirements for the worldwide naturopathic occupation
  • Encourage and assist high quality naturopathic analysis
  • Set up and preserve a database of naturopathic organizations, regulation, accreditation, conferences, and analysis actions
  • Construct relationships with world companies (World Well being Group, United Nations, UNESCO) and nationwide governments

Surveying the Naturopathic Occupation

One of many first tasks of the WNF was to evaluate the standing of the naturopathic occupation globally. This was completed by conducting plenty of surveys. The primary one surveyed the occupation as to how naturopathy was practiced. In July of 2014, a 79-question survey was despatched to nationwide naturopathic organizations from 30 international locations, spanning all world areas. The response fee was 73%.

The survey indicated a excessive diploma of consistency amongst naturopathic phrases, definitions, philosophies, ideas, and theories. Over 77% of the international locations surveyed use the time period “naturopath,” and 41% used “naturopathic physician.” There was additionally a robust commonality among the many naturopathic theories taught worldwide. The survey indicated a excessive diploma of variability in academic requirements, regulatory standing, and variety of practitioners. The survey outcomes have been revealed within the 2015 World Federation Report.1

Then, between February and April of 2016, the WNF carried out a survey of 86 naturopathic academic establishments, which inquired about what was taught in naturopathic faculties. This survey indicated a particularly excessive diploma of consistency inside naturopathic curriculums worldwide. A hundred percent of the respondents indicated that their curriculum consists of the research of fundamental science, scientific science, naturopathic historical past, ideas, philosophy and theories, naturopathic disciplines, and scientific follow. Just like the occupation survey, this survey indicated excessive settlement among the many foundational elements, together with the philosophies of vitalism and holism, the 6 naturopathic ideas (see Determine 1), and core naturopathic theories and modalities; this was despite the variations in academic requirements. The survey outcomes have been revealed within the 2016 Naturopathic Roots Report.2

Determine 1. Naturopathic Ideas Survey

The WNF’s third enterprise was to request the total curriculum from 6 naturopathic faculties spanning Three world areas: Europe, North America, and Western Pacific. They included 2 faculties providing 1500-2500 hours, 2 faculties providing 2501-3500 hours, and a pair of faculties providing over 3500 hours. An in depth 100-page doc entitled, “WNF White Paper: Naturopathic Philosophy, Ideas and Theories” was compiled and endorsed by the WNF membership in July 2017.Three This doc offers an in depth overview of the philosophies, ideas, and theories that outline the naturopathic occupation.

In 2016 the WNF revealed the Naturopathic Numbers Report,four which outlines the standing formation in every world area. The historic roots of naturopathy reside in Europe. Within the late 1800s, naturopathy was launched to Asia (India), Western Pacific, and North America. All different world areas are a mix of European and North American naturopathy, with conventional medical practices integrated in several international locations. The statistics for the naturopathic occupation, as we all know them, are as follows:

  • There are over 80 international locations, spanning all world areas that follow naturopathy / naturopathic medication
  • There are about 80 nationwide naturopathic organizations. About half of the international locations that follow naturopathy don’t have a nationwide group, and a few international locations, akin to Germany and India, have a dozen or extra nationwide organizations.
  • There are about 100 naturopathic academic establishments globally. About 25% of them provide a program that’s over 4000 hours; 33% of the applications are between 3000 and 3999 hours; 15% are between 2000 and 2999 hours; and the remaining 27% of applications are underneath 2000 hours in size.
  • There are roughly 25 naturopathic analysis facilities globally

One other challenge of the WNF is being spearheaded by the WNF Skilled Mapping Committee. The purpose of this committee is to look at regulatory and schooling infrastructure and coverage frameworks that impression on the event of the naturopathic occupation inside every nation world wide. This might be achieved by a number of surveys of regulatory naturopathic associations and schooling suppliers. Curriculum mapping and scopes of follow might be investigated and can end in revealed papers to tell decision-making. The primary section of the Skilled Mapping Committee is anticipated to be revealed by the tip of 2017.

WNF Membership

The WNF represents international locations from all world areas. As of June 2017, the WNF membership is comprised of the next:

  • Full members (23)
    • Africa: DR Congo, Zambia
    • Asia: India, Nepal
    • Europe: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom
    • Japanese Mediterranean: Egypt, Saudi Arabia
    • Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay
    • North America: Canada, United States
    • Western Pacific: Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand
  • Affiliate members (5)
    • Australia: Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH)
    • Canada: Manitoba Naturopathic Affiliation (MNA)
    • Chile: Naturópatas para Chile
    • India: Worldwide Naturopathy Organisation (INO)
    • Uruguay: Paracelsianos Asociados en Naturopatia (PAN)
  • Academic members (10)
    • Australia: Endeavour Faculty of Pure Well being
    • Belgium:Institut Supérieur de Naturopathie Traditionnelle (ISNAT asbl)
    • Canada: Canadian Faculty of Naturopathic Drugs (CCNM)
    • France: Collège Européen de Naturopathie Traditionnelle Holistique (CENATHO)
    • France: Fédération Française des Ecoles de NaturopathieLa référence qualité (FENAHMAN)
    • New Zealand: Wellpark Faculty of Pure Therapies
    • Slovenia:Naturopatska Sola SAEKA 
    • Uruguay: Escuela de Naturopatía del Uruguay
    • USA: Bastyr College
    • USA: Nationwide College of Pure Well being
  • Non-profit sponsors (2)
    • USA: Affiliation of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Faculties (AANMC)
    • USA: Naturopathic Schooling and Analysis Consortium (NERC)
  • Personal sponsors (6)
  • Company sponsors (1)
    • Canada: BioLonreco (at present the one company sponsor)

To study extra about WNF membership, go to our web site at: http://worldnaturopathicfederation.org/membership/

WNF Government

The WNF remains to be in its early life. Tight fiscal management is essential; as such, the WNF is a working board. The WNF Government is made up of 13 full members and has illustration from all world areas. The present international locations represented on WNF Government embody Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Nepal, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, United States, and Zambia.

There are 5 officers, a secretariat, and a part-time secretariat that oversee the day-to-day operations of the WNF. The present group consists of:

  • President – Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada)
  • 1st Vice President – Tina Hausser, Heilpraktiker (Spain)
  • 2nd Vice President – Lawrence Chanza, ND (Zambia)
  • Treasurer – Natalie Cook dinner (Australia)
  • Secretary – Barb Boutry (France)
  • Secretariat – Jon Wardle (Australia)
  • Half-time Secretariat – Dave Deeley (Canada)

WNF Coverage Statements

One of many roles of the WNF is to create coverage statements that help in clarifying the standing of the worldwide naturopathic occupation. All coverage statements are authorized by the WNF Government. Thus far, the WNF has revealed the next coverage statements:

  • Naturopath – Naturopathic Physician Q&A
  • Coverage Assertion on Federations
  • Pure Drugs Coverage Statements
  • Defining the World Naturopathic Occupation

All WNF Coverage statements may be acccessed on the WNF web site at: http://worldnaturopathicfederation.org/policy-statements/

WNF Outreach

A strategic goal of the WNF is to attend conferences across the globe and to advertise the naturopathic occupation in related venues. Thus far, the next is a listing of the conferences that representatives of the WNF have attended:

  • Might 2014 & 2015: World Well being Meeting (Switzerland)
  • November 2015: Iberian Naturopathic Assembly (Uruguay)
  • April 2016: 1st Congresso Worldwide de Naturopatía e Fitoterapia (Portugal)
  • April 2016: Slovenia Naturopathic Congress (Slovenia)
  • Might 2016: World Well being Meeting (Switzerland)
  • June 2016: Worldwide Congress on Built-in Well being and Drugs (Germany)
  • June 2016: WNF face-to-face assembly in Stuttgart, Germany
  • July 2016: The WNF sends welcoming letter to The College of Yoga and Naturopathic Drugs (SVYASA), College Bengalura for his or her Naturopathy Fest – AEON 2016 program (India)
  • August 2016: ESSNQ (Quebec, Canada)
  • March 2017: 1st Congresso Worldwide de Naturopatía e Fitoterapia (Lisboa, Portugal)
  • March 2017: CCNM‘s World Drugs Week (Toronto, Canada)
  • March 2017: Worldwide Congress on Natural Drugs (Queensland, Australia)
  • April 2017: Slovenia Naturopathic Congress (Slovenia)
  • Might 2017: World Well being Meeting (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Might 2017: 2nd European Congress on Naturopathy (Madrid, Spain)

WNF / WHO Collaboration

A core goal of the WNF is to ascertain official relations with the World Well being Group (WHO).  To be able to qualify for collaboration with the WHO, the WNF should meet the next WHO standards:

  • It should symbolize nationwide naturopathic organizations and should symbolize the total vary of the naturopathic occupation, which is each naturopaths and naturopathic docs
  • The members of WNF member organizations should have voting rights – ie, have to be a democratic group
  • The WNF group will need to have a minimal 2-year historical past. Typically, a non-governmental group (NGO) doesn’t qualify as an official member except it has been round for five years.
  • The WNF Government will need to have illustration from all world areas
  • The WNF will need to have a Secretariat and workers that handle the group
  • WNF Normal Assemblies should rotate among the many numerous world areas
  • Funding for the WNF should guarantee no battle of curiosity and no undo affect from one group / world area / sector of the trade
  • The WNF should be sure that all initiatives have international illustration (ie, all committees and tasks will need to have illustration from Three world areas)

The WNF should additionally:

  • Assist the WHO goals / initiatives. Any collaboration have to be related to the WHO and match their recognized technique.
  • Fund their very own participation
  • Work collaboratively with different stakeholders
  • Substantiate all efforts and knowledge based mostly on analysis
  • Be concerned in at the very least 2 WHO initiatives. It additionally will need to have 2 years of unofficial collaboration, then go inner audit of our group, after which comply with a Three-year plan with the WHO.

WNF’s Historical past with the WHO

Members of the naturopathic occupation have been concerned with the WHO for plenty of years. The next is a recap of the communication that we have now had with the WHO to this point.

  • 2007: WHO Benchmarking session on Primary Coaching & Security in Phytotherapy was held in Milan, Italy. About eight naturopaths / naturopathic docs from North America, Europe, and Asia have been current. Tabatha Parker, ND, and Iva Lloyd, ND, have been a part of this group. Naturopaths joined TCM, Ayurvedic, and Unani practitioners. In 2010 the WHO Benchmarks for Coaching in Naturopathy was revealed.
  • 2008 and 2009: The Canadian Affiliation of Naturopathic Docs (CAND) participated within the WHO session on the standard and security of homeopathic medication and session on the selecton of gear for high quality management of natural medicines. CAND was additionally a part of the WHO Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Well being, Innovation and Mental Property.
  • Naturopaths / NDs have been working as consultants with the WHO for over 10 years. One of many WHO consultants – Michael Smith, Pharm, ND – met with WNF members throughout the WNF Normal Meeting in Arizona in July 2017.
  • 2014: Three NDs – Michael Cronin, ND, Kyle Hawk Cronin, ND, and Tabatha Parker, ND – attended the 67th WHO World Well being Meeting (WHA), changing into the primary NDs in historical past to attend the WHA. WHO Message: If the naturopathic occupation desires to work with the WHO formally, they should create a federation.
  • 2015: four naturopaths / NDs attended the 68th WHA – Michael Cronin, ND, and Tabatha Parker (USA); Jon Wardle, PhD, Naturopath (Australia); and Tina Hausser, Naturopath HP (Spain). WHO Message: Too younger. Maintain going. Make sure you meet the standards, particularly international illustration.
  • 2016: four naturopaths / NDs attended the 69th WHO WHA – Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada); Tina Hausser, Naturopath HP (Spain); Tabatha Parker, ND (USA) and Jon Wardle PhD, Naturopath (Australia). WHO Message: Settlement to start out official collaboration course of. Impressed with WNF international illustration and initiatives to-date.
  • 2017: Three naturopaths / NDs attended the 70th WHO WHA – Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada); Tina Hausser, Naturopath HP (Spain); and Jon Wardle, PhD, Naturopath (Australia). WHO Message: Dedicated to shifting ahead with the WNF.
  • Ongoing: Revising the Naturopathic Benchmarking doc was proposed and has been tabled for a future date. The fee is $281 000 (US). The WNF has been requested to take part within the WHO Terminology doc. It has at present been postponed till different professions come on board. The fee is $170 000 (US). The WNF has made plenty of proposals to the WHO, together with a analysis paper analyzing antimicrobial resistance and naturopathic therapies, a collaborative challenge on preconception care, and a proposal for naturopathic care of despair.

WNF Technique

Determine 2 outlines the 2-year and 5-year technique of the WNF.

Keep Knowledgeable of WNF Actions

  • Go to our web site: worldnaturopathicfederation.org
  • Observe us on Fb
  • Observe us on Twitter
  • E mail us at: data worldnaturopathicfederation.org
  • Volunteer for the WNF


  1. World Naturopathic Federation Report. Findings from the 1st World Naturopathic Federation survey. June 2015. WNF Website online. http://worldnaturopathicfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/World-Federation-Report_June2015.pdf. Accessed July 15, 2017.
  2. WNF – Naturopathic Roots Report. Findings from the Naturopathic Roots Committee Survey. June 2016. WNF Website online. http://worldnaturopathicfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Naturopathic-Roots_final.pdf. Accessed July 15, 2017.
  3. WNF White Paper: Naturopathic Philosophies, Ideas and Theories. July 2017. WNF Website online. http://worldnaturopathicfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/WNF_White_Paper_June-2017.pdf. Accessed July 20, 2017.
  4. 2016 Naturopathic Numbers Report. June 2016. WNF Website online. http://worldnaturopathicfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2016-Naturopathic-Numbers-Report.pdf. Accessed July 15, 2017.
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