The General Council & Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) was officially incorporated in 1965 as an independent registering body, but can trace its roots back to 1925 and the formation of the Nature Cure Society of Great Britain.
The GCRN states its aims as being:
To establish and maintain standards of education for practitioners and to provide for the inspection of colleges and courses of naturopathy for the protection and benefit of the public
To keep a register of persons qualified to practise naturopathy in conformity with the standards of the Register
To supervise the ethical behaviour and professional conduct of the practitioners registered by us
To encourage the development of naturopathy on the lines of sound knowledge and practice and to improve the educational standards of our members by encouraging continuing post-graduate education
To provide for and promote education, investigation and research into the science and art of naturopathy and to disseminate the results of such research.