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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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Consent and the Osteopathic Practice Standards

Consent and the Osteopathic Practice Standards

Is consent the area of the Osteopathic Practice Standards that most needs changing? For instance, should the relevant standard, A4, put more emphasis on consent being a continuous process rather than a one-off event? Give us your views on our dedicated review website. Closing date: 31 May 2016.

Guidance for students and colleges: tell us what you think

Guidance for students and colleges: tell us what you think

We are consulting on
revised guidance for students and colleges on student fitness to practise and the management of disabilities and health impairments. We would like your views: help shape the final guidance. Closing date is 30 June.

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.


New GOsC guidance for witnesses

19 May 2016

Witnesses at fitness to practise hearings play a vital role...

First meeting for new GOsC Council on 5 May 2016

27 April 2016

A proposal to establish a single Policy Advisory Committee covering...


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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