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Welcome to the General Osteopathic Council Website

Welcome to the General Osteopathic Council Website


We regulate the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law osteopaths must be registered with us in order to practise.

We work with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals, and setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct. 

Find an osteopath

The UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths includes all those allowed to practise osteopathy in the UK. You can use our Register to find a local osteopath or check that someone is registered as an osteopath. Search for an osteopath by surname, postcode, town, county, country or registration number.

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Standards of osteopathic care

Standards of osteopathic care

Do you know what standards osteopaths must meet in their training and practice? This leaflet explains the role of the GOsC and current standards of osteopathic education, training, and practice. It also outlines the importance of osteopaths keeping their knoweldge and skills up to date annually.

Public and patient perceptions

Public and patient perceptions

Read new reports on national study of public perceptions of the osteopathic profession, built on earlier focus group findings. See also the GOsC commentary on the research and the implications for our future work on standards, guidance and information for patients and the public.

Room hire

Room hire

We have three smart, comfortable and competitively priced rooms for hire at our offices near Tower Bridge. Suitable for conferences, meetings or hearings, training sessions or business presentations. Costs include equipment hire and refreshments.


Register of osteopaths reaches 5,000

03 July 2015

Today the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) Register of osteopaths has...

GOsC continues to be an effective regulator

26 June 2015

A review by the independent Professional Standards Authority (PSA) – the...


What makes regulation effective? An innovative programme of research involving hundreds of osteopaths provides new insights into regulation and how best to support osteopaths to practise in accordance with the Osteopathic Practice Standards. >See more