Happy holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2015.

I just wanted to send you a brief note to let you know about some exciting developments. After considerable work by committee members, board and staff, the College has a number of announcements, which I will let you know about now. Details will follow in January.

The Board has approved a new certification for Aesthetic Procedures. Several registrants have been asking about this area. After contributions from the Scope of Practice panel, PDR Committee and QA Committee, the Board approved a new certification which includes the use of inert fillers, Botox Cosmetic, microdermabrasion and other procedures. While this will provide protection of the public by ensuring that those who practice in this area meet training requirements, which addresses the College’s primary mandate, it will also provide registrants with options and clarity as to what they may and may not practice. There are some grandfathering provisions and details of these and approved training courses will be released shortly.

The Board approved a broader definition of the Advanced Injection Therapies Certification (formerly Prolotherapy). This includes such therapies as PRP, hyaluronic acid injections (e.g.-Durolane for knee pain) and others. This certification is required for use of Botox (medical) for applications such as extreme muscle spasticity. There are grandfathering provisions and details of these provisions and training courses will be announced shortly. The College will work with course providers to encourage them to cover current therapies.

The Board approved the Immunization Certification, that has been in the works for some time. It requires taking the BCCDC (BC Centre for Disease Control) online course, which is already available to our registrants. See our website for details.

In addition to approving Botox Cosmetic and Botox for medical purposes (and related Health Canada approved products), the Board also approved the use of Valgancyclovir, following recommendations from the PDR Committee.

Of course, you are already aware of the new website and the associated information system, which is still in development. Please let us know of any comments you may have. We have had feedback from one regulator in Ontario stating that it is the best website they have seen for a professional regulatory body in Canada. We want to make whatever improvements we can as we proceed.

Thanks to all volunteers, committee members, advisors, inspectors, examiners and registrants for working collaboratively with the College to ensure that naturopathic medicine in BC remains on the leading edge of regulatory practice in Canada.

More to come in 2015!

Happy and healthy holidays and New Year to you and your families,

Howard