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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 who are allowed to practise osteopathy in the UK. You can use our Register to find a local osteopath.

Search the register

CPD consultation

CPD consultation

We are consulting on a proposed new continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for osteopaths. Visit the dedicated consultation website to give us your views and watch the video explaining the purpose of the proposed new scheme. Closing date 31 May 2015.

Effective regulation

New research, commissioned by the GOsC, seeks to identify the regulatory activities that best support patient safety and enhancement of quality of care. This research establishes an important evidence base on which to build effective osteopathic regulation and identify where improvements are needed.

What to expect from your osteopath

What to expect from your osteopath

Do you know what to expect from an osteopathic consultation? Download our leaflet aimed at patients who are considering osteopathy for the first time. It reflects the many questions we receive daily from patients and the public about what happens when you see an osteopath.


QAA awarded contract to deliver quality assurance for GOsC

12 May 2015

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has renewed its contract with...

the osteopath for April/May now available

24 April 2015

Contents include new research on effective regulation, CPD consultation, preparing...


Patient and public perceptions of osteopathy: It is important that the public has confidence in the quality and safety of osteopathic care. Read about our ongoing research into the views of the public and patients. >See more