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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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Have your say...

Have your say...

...in our consultations on guidance for our fitness to practise committees on imposing Interim Suspension Orders, guidance for our Professional Conduct Committee on drafting determinations of cases they have heard and on draft guidance for the Health Committee on formulating conditions of practice orders.

Public and patient perceptions

Public and patient perceptions

Read new reports on national study of public perceptions of the osteopathic profession, built on earlier focus group findings. See also the GOsC commentary on the research and the implications for our future work on standards, guidance and information for patients and the public.

Standards of osteopathic care

Standards of osteopathic care

Do you know what standards osteopaths must meet in their training and practice? This leaflet explains the role of the GOsC and current standards of osteopathic education, training, and practice. It also outlines the importance of osteopaths keeping their knoweldge and skills up to date annually.


Tell us what you think...

02 September 2015

…about our new draft guidance for the GOsC’s Health Committee...

August/September issue of the osteopath out now

17 August 2015

More findings from our recent research into patient and public...


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