2007 ORS 685.010¹

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Accredited naturopathic school or college" means any naturopathic school or college offering a four-year full-time resident program of study in naturopathy leading to a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine, such program having been approved by the board to meet the standards specifically incorporated into board rules.

(2) "Board" means the Board of Naturopathic Examiners.

(3) "Drugs" means all medicines and preparations and all substances, except nonpoisonous plant or animal substances in therapeutic dosages, food and water, substances listed on the formulary established under ORS 685.145 (Council on Naturopathic Physicians Formulary) (3), over-the-counter substances, nonprescriptive and non Drug Enforcement Agency regulated homeopathic substances and nutritional supplements, used or intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, treatment, mitigation or prevention of diseases or abnormalities of humans, which are recognized in the latest editions of the official United States Pharmacopoeia, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, official National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them, or otherwise established as drugs.

(4) "Minor surgery" means the use of electrical or other methods for the surgical repair and care incident thereto of superficial lacerations and abrasions, benign superficial lesions, and the removal of foreign bodies located in the superficial structures; and the use of antiseptics and local anesthetics in connection therewith.

(5) "Naturopathic medicine" means the discipline that includes physiotherapy, natural healing processes and minor surgery and has as its objective the maintaining of the body in, or of restoring it to, a state of normal health.

(6) "Naturopathic physician" means a person who holds a degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and is licensed under this chapter.

(7) "Nonpoisonous" means a substance taken in accepted therapeutic dosage that by its action on organs or tissue does not adversely impair function or destroy human life.

(8) "Plant or animal substances" means those substances found in nature that comprise the whole or parts of plants or animals and constituents thereof and that have not had changes made in their molecular structure as found in nature. [Amended by 1953 c.557 §4; 1985 c.624 §3; 1989 c.575 §1; 1989 c.945 §3; 1993 c.42 §1; 1999 c.512 §1; 2003 c.154 §1; 2007 c.434 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Acupuncture is not authorized as "mi­nor surgery" or anesthesia under this sec­tion. State v. W. Sam Won, 19 Or App 580, 528 P2d 594 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

Doxycyc­line was drug within meaning of this sec­tion, and naturopathic physician violated ORS 685.030 (Application of chapter) by prescribing it. Hardt v. Bd. of Naturopathic Examiners, 44 Or App 679, 606 P2d 1169 (1980)

Where naturopathic physician prescribed Kwell as local antiseptic for removal of body lice, prescrip­tion was permissible because it was made in connec­tion with "removal of foreign bodies located in superficial structures." Hardt v. Bd. of Naturopathic Examiners, 44 Or App 679, 606 P2d 1169 (1980)

Where naturopathic physician prescribed piperazine as local anesthetic for removal of roundworms from intestine, his ac­tion was not taken in connec­tion with mi­nor surgery because intestines are not within common understanding of "superficial structures" under this sec­tion. Hardt v. Bd. of Naturopathic Examiners, 44 Or App 679, 606 P2d 1169 (1980)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of licensee to purchase and use prescrip­tion and local anesthetic and antiseptic substances for mi­nor surgery, (1978) Vol 38, p 2231; use of prescrip­tion drugs, controlled substances and injectable anesthetics, (1980) Vol 40, p 392

Chapter 685

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Extent of grandfather right under 1969 Act amending barbers law, (1972) Vol 36, p 23; authority to purchase and use local anesthetic and antiseptic substances for mi­nor surgery, (1978) Vol 38, p 2231

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 685—Naturopaths, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­685.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 685, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­685ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.