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  • Welcome to the Board of Naturopathic Medicine


     The mission of the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine is to protect the public by licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians.  The Board will promote physician excellence and will foster communication within the profession and with the public.

    The State Board of Naturopathic Medicine, established by the 1927 Legislature, is empowered to protect the public by licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians in Oregon.






    The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM) is obligated under the laws of the State of Oregon to protect the public health and safety.  The OBNM recognizes that principles of high-quality medical practice dictate that the people of the State of Oregon have access to appropriate, safe and effective pain management. The application of up-to-date knowledge and treatment modalities can help to restore function and thus improve the quality of life of patients who suffer from pain, particularly chronic pain.  
    The prevalence of inadequately treated chronic pain, coupled with abuse, misuse and illegal diversion of medications used in pain management, has resulted in a complex public health crisis.  Improper use of any opioid can result in serious adverse effects including overdose and death.  Over the last decade, there has been a parallel increase in opioid sales and an increase in morbidity and mortality associated with these drugs.  Due to the complexities of treating people with chronic pain, the prescribing physician has many added responsibilities when deciding to treat people with opioid analgesic medications in chronic non cancer pain patients.  The OBNM recommends the use of community accepted prescribing guidelines and tools.

    Oregon POLST
    (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaning Treatment)
    The tool every physician should be signed up and have accessible in practice.  READ MORE
    The next state licensing exam is Monday, February 4, 2019, for those who are taking the NPLEX exams in February or anyone who has already taken and passed NPLEX Part I, NPLEX Part II, NPLEX Minor Surgery Elective and NPLEX Pharmacology examinations. 
    Application deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, January 14, 2019.

    Click here for important Exam Information
    Within the first two (2) years of licensure you need to complete seven (7) hours of required pain management?  Click here to be directed to the mandatory one hour Oregon Pain Management module.
    SB 132 changes the process for parent's to claim nonmedical exemption regarding vaccines.  This law took effect March 1, 2014.  Here are some links of value:
    Oregon Immunization Program:  www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption
    Immunization Law, for schools:  http://1.usa.gov/OregonSchool
    Annual Renewal Responsibilities:
    Licenses expire annually on December 31
    License renewal applications must be completed fully and accurately.
    Licensees must complete a separate questionnaire at the time of renewal for the Oregon Work Force Database (OWFD) This may add up to an additional 5-10 minutes to complete your renewal. https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/rulemaking/notices/409-026_Text.pdf

    New Renewal Deadlines and Procedures:

    New Deadline: Renewals are now due on December 31 @ 11:59pm.

    New Date For Imposing Late Fee: Renewals submitted after December 31, 2017 @ 11:59pm will be charged a $150 restoration fee in addition to all other licensure fees.

    New Continued Education (CE) Audit Process:

    As part of the Renewal procedure, all licensees shall provide the Board with a list of all CE credits earned in the previous year.

    Ten percent (10%) of licensees that submitted renewal applications will be selected for audit.

    Licensee's selected for audit will be notified on / about February 1, 2018, and will have 15 days to submit supporting documentation

    Renewal Responsibilities Per License Status:
    NOTE: Change of status applications CAN NOT be processed through the renewal link. To CHANGE THE STATUS OF YOUR LICENSE contact the Board office to obtain a change of status application.

    Initial License: (First Calendar Year of Licensure)
    Continuing Education: none required in first calendar year. By second renewal cycle, must complete seven (7) hours of CE pertaining to Pain Management, including the Oregon Health Authority one-hour web-based training module, Advancing Pain Management in Oregon
    Licensure Fees: $327.00 ($300 annual renewal fee, $25 PDMP assessment and $2 OHA Workforce Survey Fee)
    Active Status:
    Continuing Education: 50 hours of CE, with a minimum of ten (10) pharmacy and two (2) ethics. 
    Licensure Fees: $327.00 ($300 annual renewal fee, $25 PDMP assessment and $2 OHA Workforce Survey Fee)
    Inactive License:
    Continuing Education: 10 hours of CE in any subject area.
    Licensure Fees: $142.00 ($140 annual renewal fee and $2 OHA Workforce Survey Fee)
    Retired License:
    Continuing Education: None required
    Licensure Fees: $15
    Natural Childbirth Certification:
    Continuing Education: 15 hours of CE in Natural Childbirth (in addition to Active Status requirements) and proof of current Neonatal CPR certification.
    Certification Fee: $60.00
    Payment Options:
    Applications and payment completed via Visa / Master Card through the on-line renewal application process must be submitted by 11:59:59pm on December 31.  Checks or money orders must be post-marked on or before December 31, and sent to the Board office with the Renewal Application Confirmation Page.
    Renewal applications and payment completed via Visa / Master Card submitted online after December 31 at 11:59:59 will be charged a $150.00 restoration fee.  Licensees mailing payment post marked after December 31, shall include additional payment of $150.00 to renew a license.
    Criminal History Check: The Board will conduct a criminal history check on each renewing licensee per OAR 850-030-0020(3).    

This office will be closed in observance of
the following holidays:

Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23, 2018
Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018
New Years Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019



Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine
All are invited to attend the Public Session of any Board meeting.
OBNM Public meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Monday of the even–numbered month.
  October 8, 2018
December 10, 2018
The next Formulary Council meeting will be September 24, 2018

·         License verification request
·         Address Change Form
·         Why do charting?
·         What to do in case of a theft
·         Mandatory reporting
·         HcG and the ND responsibility