To file a formal complaint, you must complete the Complaints Information Form. This form, along with further information about the Complaints process, can be found on our Complaints information page. Please note that the College is unable to receive complaints over the phone, email or by fax, as original signatures are required.
If you choose to distribute your complaint to others, that may be considered libel which may legally put you at risk.
Yes, the naturopathic doctor will receive a copy of your written complaint.
No. If you are seeking financial compensation, you should seek advice from a lawyer regarding a civil suit..
Reviewing a complaint may take several months to years, depending on the intricacy of the complaint and the length of investigation.
There are several possible outcomes after a complaint is investigated by the Complaints Director.
Once the investigation is complete, the Complaints Director will notify you of the outcome after all the evidence has been gathered and submitted for review.
Under the Health Professions Act (Section 68), as the complainant, you may seek a review of the dismissal to the Hearings Director within 30 days of receiving the notice of dismissal.
An investigated person or the Complaints Director may appeal to the Council of the decision of the Hearing Tribunal within 30 days of receiving notice of the Hearing Tribunal's decision.
Pursuant to Section 90 of the Health Professions Act an investigated person may appeal and finding, order or direction of the council made upon considering an appeal of the Hearing Tribunal's decision. Appeals to the Court of Appeal made under this section must be made within 30 days from the date on which the decision of the council is given to the investigated person.:
If you have a question or concern about the fairness of how your concern was handled, you may contact the Alberta Ombudsman Office at:
The Alberta Ombudsman
2800, 10303 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 5C3
The Health Professions Act states that ocne a matter has been referred to a hearing, the hearing itself, as well as the outcome, may be made public. While the matter is still in the complaints or investigation process, the College cannot disclose any information or comment on ongoing investigations or complaints.