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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. 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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Patients help to build the evidence base

Patients help to build the evidence base

An app that collects feedback directly from patients, the rollout of the new CPD scheme, improving the patient experience;
patient dignity and the standing examination, and new NICE low back pain guideline are all featured in the June/July issue of the osteopath.

Visiting an osteopath: What should you expect?

Visiting an osteopath: What should you expect?

For information about what happens when you visit an osteopath, what a treatment is likely to cost and how to find a local osteopath see our ‘Visiting an osteopath’ section and read our leaflet What to expect from your osteopath.

Developing the osteopathic profession

Developing the osteopathic profession

The Osteopathic Development Group brings the profession together for the long-term development
of osteopathy and is working on eight strategic projects. The group includes: The GOsC, The iO, The Council of Osteopathic Educational Institutions (c.hunt@bso.ac.uk), NCOR, The Osteopathic Alliance.


Revised policy on whistleblowing on agenda for forthcoming Council meeting

07 July 2016

Council will be asked to agree a revised policy on...

GOsC meets all standards of good regulation

05 July 2016

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


Patient and Public Partnership Group: Could you help us with our work? Input from patients and the public helps to ensure that our work reflects the public interest. If you would like to be involved in developing information for patients and the public or are interested in standards of osteopathic practice, consider joining our Patient and Public Partnership Group.
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