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“Our aim is to create a unified Association for qualified Naturopaths for mutual support and protection and the furtherance of the profession.”
The original British Naturopathic Association (BNA) was formed in 1945 from two Natural Therapeutic Associations, whose origins dated back to the 1920s. Then in 1958 it amalgamated with the Guild of Naturopaths and Osteopaths. In 1961 the BNA became the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association. During the 1980s the Association joined with other groups to promote osteopathy, resulting in state registration for Osteopathy. Since its revival, the BNA has been able to concentrate specifically on the promotion of Naturopathy.
The British Naturopathic Association (BNA) is the professional body of practicing naturopaths who are registered with the General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) in the UK.
Its main role is to support naturopaths in practice, and its main activities relate to promoting the profession, supporting practice in all its aspects, and providing professional development and training.
The GCRN is the oldest independent regulator of the profession of Naturopathy in the UK. THE GCRN ensures that members of the public receive safe, effective and ethical naturopathy. Its main activities are registration (publication of the Register), setting training standards and accrediting colleges, and the code of conduct for the profession.
Further information about GCRN can be found on their website.
The GCRN exists to protect the public - the BNA exists to protect and support its members.