NABNE (the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners) is an independent, nonprofit organization formed as a service to the naturopathic profession and the agencies that license/register naturopathic physicians.  NABNE serves regulatory authorities by qualifying applicants to take the NPLEX (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations), administering the examinations, and sending exam results and transcripts to regulatory authorities.


  • Qualifies applicants to take the NPLEX
  • Administers the NPLEX Examinations
  • Sends NPLEX exam results to examinees and to regulatory authorities
  • Upon request, manually verifies responses on answer sheets

The five-member NABNE Board works with an Advisory Council comprised of representatives of:

  • The Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities (FNMRA) representing the state/provincial naturopathic regulatory authorities
  • The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)
  • The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC)
  • The Council of Chief Academic and Clinical Officers (CCACO) representing the nine CNME-approved naturopathic medical programs
  • The Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA)
  • The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
  • The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
  • The naturopathic profession at large

NPLEX (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to prepare valid and reliable Part I Examinations that assess the readiness of students to enter the clinical phase of training, and Part II Examinations that assess the entry-level competence of candidates who plan to become licensed/registered naturopathic physicians.  The NPLEX Council of Exam Chairs oversees the exam development process.


  • Surveys the profession to determine the competencies that an entry-level ND must master
  • Publishes the competencies on which examinees will be tested
  • Develops the NPLEX Examinations
  • Establishes the passing score
  • Scores the NPLEX Examinations