As more and more people choose natural healthcare practitioners alongside conventional medical treatments, the public and medical professions are becoming more interested in the safe practice and efficacy of natural therapies.
The General Naturopathic Council (GNC) is the regulator for Naturopathy in the UK. To support the public, the aims of the GNC are:
> To maintain high standards and fitness to practice
In conjunction with the government agency Skills for Health, the GNC has developed National Occupational Standards for Naturopathic Practitioners. These standards cover practical skills and ethical standards. It is a requirement of GNC registration that practitioners work within these standards.
> To maintain high standards of education
To be a competent Naturopath, a practitioner must have completed a high standard of training. This is likely to have involved a 3-year programme involving around 3600 hours of educational training and clinical experience. Naturopathic educational standards are maintained by GNC, setting the core curricula and entry requirements throughout the UK. If you are considering embarking on training as a Naturopathic Practitioner, seek out training from a GNC accredited provider to ensure you are meeting the UK National Standard. You will find details of our accredited training providers on our Accredited Courses page.
At the GNC we believe our members should continually expand their knowledge and understanding of natural therapeutics, and keep abreast of the latest developments and research. Each of our professional associations requires its members to annually complete further training (Continuing Professional Development) as a requirement for continued membership of that professional association, and in turn for continued registration with the GNC.
> To act as a resource for people seeking well qualified practitioners.
Naturopathic practitioners registered with the GNC agree to abide by a strict code of conduct and ethics. Members of the public who would like to consult a Naturopath should seek GNC registration as a mark of quality, professionalism and conduct.