2017 ORS 685.030¹
Application of chapter

(1) This chapter does not apply to any:

(a) Physician licensed by the Oregon Medical Board to practice medicine or podiatry;

(b) Chiropractor licensed by the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners; or

(c) Christian Scientist or other person who by religious or spiritual means endeavors to prevent or cure disease or suffering in accord with the tenets of any church.

(2) This chapter does not authorize licensees to:

(a) Practice optometry or administer chiropractic adjustments;

(b) Practice any system or method of treatment not authorized in this chapter; or

(c) Do major surgery.

(3) A licensee under this chapter may perform health maintenance and restoration measures consistent with generally recognized and accepted principles of naturopathic medicine, including but not limited to:

(a) Administering, dispensing or writing prescriptions for drugs;

(b) Recommending the use of specific and appropriate over-the-counter pharmaceuticals;

(c) Administering anesthetics or antiseptics in connection with minor surgery as defined in ORS 685.010 (Definitions);

(d) Ordering diagnostic tests;

(e) Using radiopaque substances administered by mouth or rectum necessary for Roentgen diagnostic purposes; or

(f) Administering substances by penetration of the skin or mucous membrane of the human body for diagnostic, preventive or therapeutic purposes. The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine may adopt by rule appropriate procedures for administering substances under this paragraph. [Amended by 1953 c.557 §4; 1985 c.624 §4; 1989 c.575 §4; 1989 c.945 §5; 1993 c.55 §1; 1993 c.469 §10; 2001 c.526 §2; 2009 c.43 §37; 2009 c.420 §2; 2017 c.409 §31]

Notes of Decisions

Naturopathic physician violated this sec­tion by prescribing doxycyc­line, which was drug within meaning of ORS 685.010 (Definitions). Hardt v. Bd. of Naturopathic Examiners, 44 Or App 679, 606 P2d 1169 (1980)

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/­ors685.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 685, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano685.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.