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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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Council and Committee vacancies

Council and Committee vacancies

We are looking for four lay Members and five osteopath Members to join the reconstituted Council from
1 April 2016 and eight new Members (four osteopath and four lay) to join our Fitness to Practise Committees. This is a great opportunity to become involved in the work of the GOsC within the wider dynamic environment of healthcare regulation.

What do you want to know?

What do you want to know?

Do you know what to expect at a first appointment with an osteopath? Our leaflet What to expect from your osteopath explains what is likely to happen and what you should expect. We recommend that osteopaths provide new patients with information like this before their first appointment.

Patient feedback

Patient feedback

Have you ever provided feedback to an osteopath about your treatment? Nine out of 10 patients think it is important give feedback about their experience and the feedback is helpful for osteopaths and patients. Read more about this in the current issue of the osteopath on pages 5, 14 and 15.


Last chance to comment on Conditions of Practice guidance

29 September 2015

The closing date for our consultation on draft guidance for...

Osteopathy patients invited to share stories

21 September 2015

Nine out of ten patients think it is important to...


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