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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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Council and committee vacancies at the GOsC

Council and committee vacancies at the GOsC

We are recruiting for a large number of non-executive vacancies this autumn, for roles that will commence on 1 April 2017. Recruitment is open now for new members of our fitness to practise committees, followed later by Council and Policy Advisory Committee roles.

Read the latest issue of 'the osteopath'

Read the latest issue of 'the osteopath'

Catch up on the development of our new CPD scheme, what issues prompt patient concerns, osteopathy within British athletics. Also inside: implications of Brexit for UK osteopathy; CBE for NCOR’s first Chair; patient reported outcomes; mentoring for new registrants; effective practice websites; and more.

Join our patient group

Join our patient group

Would you like to be involved in developing information for patients and the public? Are you interested in standards of osteopathic practice? Our Patient and Public Partnership Group, helps us work more closely with patients to improve our services, better protect the public, and provide high quality information about osteopathic practice. Latest PPG newsletter out now.


Read about our work in 2015-2016

09 September 2016

The GOsC’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2015-16 provides an overview...

New consultation on voluntary removal from the Register of osteopaths

01 September 2016

We are consulting on new guidance about the factors that...

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.
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