Well, it is that time of year again: the leaves are falling, we have turned back our clocks, and it is time for the College’s notification of annual renewal fees. We are delighted to report that there will be no dues or fee increases for 2015: the registration fee for 2015 is $1650 for practising registrants and $200 for non-practising registrants.

New online registration renewal system

We are also delighted to share some great news: the College is launching its new, state-of-the-art, online registration renewal system and website, which is in place for the 2015 renewal period. With the new system, registrants will be able renew their licensure, certifications and health profession corporation permits where applicable, instantly update their contact information and continuing education details, and pay their annual dues online, including on their mobile phones. The automated renewal process will provide immediate confirmation once your renewal is up to date.

Quarterly payments discontinued

Further to our email of August 20, 2014, the College for many years permitted registrants to pay their registration renewal fees in four installments over the course of the year, rather than in a lump sum, as a courtesy. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to extend this courtesy into the year 2015. As of this year’s renewal period, you will be obligated to pay your 2015 registration renewal fees on or before December 31, 2014 as a lump sum.

How to renew

Please find instructions for accessing the College’s online registration system, accessible through the College’s new website at www.cnpbc.bc.ca, and your unique access code enclosed. Failure to complete the renewal process by January 1, 2015 will result in the immediate cancellation of licensure, pursuant to section 21(3)(b) of the Health Professions Act and section 56(11) of the College’s Bylaws. If your licence is cancelled, it will be necessary for you to cease practice until you have applied for and been granted reinstatement at the discretion of the Registration Committee pursuant to the reinstatement procedure outlined at section 60 of the College’s Bylaws.

Certification Fees and Health Profession Corporations

An annual certification renewal fee of $25 (unchanged for 2015) must be paid for each advanced certification held by a practising registrant. Advanced certifications include Acupuncture, Chelation, Hyperbaric, Ozone, Prescribing Authority and Prolotherapy. The annual renewal fee for Health Profession Corporations remains at $10. Renewal of advanced certifications and Health Profession Corporations also requires payment to be made using the online renewal system by the deadline of January 1, 2015.

Where do your renewal fees go?

As you know, naturopathic medicine is a self-regulated profession in BC. The government, through its legislation, has indicated that naturopathic doctors are best positioned to uphold the high standard of practice the public has come to expect of naturopathic medicine in BC, and it has entrusted naturopathic doctors and government-appointed public board members with that privilege and the associated responsibilities. The government has indicated support for the College’s direction and governance by reducing the number of government-appointed public members for 2014. The College continues to take its mandate and responsibility to regulate in the public interest seriously. Recent years have seen significant change and growth in the profession, including the government’s approval and the College’s implementation of prescribing authority and the creation of the Health Professions Review Board, a tribunal with the power to review investigations performed by health professions colleges. These developments and other new initiatives have significantly increased the responsibilities and operating costs of the College. Despite these challenges, the College Board has approved a budget based upon no dues or fee increases for 2015.

The College, its Board, staff and Committee volunteers, wish you and yours all the best for the holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.

Sincerely,

Howard Greenstein, B.Sc., M.A., M.B.A.

Registrar and CEO