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Standards for continuing professional development

To remain registered with the GOsC osteopaths must keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date with a programme of continuing professional development (CPD).

CPD requirements

BSO studentsOur CPD scheme requires all osteopaths in the UK to complete at least 30 hours of CPD every year, of which 15 hours must involve learning with others. Many osteopaths work on their own, and group learning allows them to exchange information and expertise with other osteopaths.

CPD learning includes lectures, seminars, courses, practical sessions, individual study or other activities that can advance an osteopath’s professional development. There are also postgraduate courses for osteopaths in a range of subjects, including sports care and osteopathic treatment of children. Each osteopath is responsible for ensuring that the CPD they undertake is beneficial to their practice and relevant to their professional work as an osteopath.

Our Continuing professional development guidelines for osteopaths outline the GOsC CPD scheme and explain how osteopaths can meet the scheme's requirements.

We do not accredit courses or other CPD materials for osteopaths.

New CPD websiteNew CPD for osteopaths

We are developing an enhanced scheme of CPD for osteopaths. A group of Early Adopter osteopaths are currently piloting the scheme and we have a dedicated website with information for osteopaths and osteopathic organisations, CPD providers and clinical interest groups, health professionals and the public. Visit the CPD website to keep up with what’s happening and how you can be involved.

All osteopaths, not just Early Adopters, can try out aspects of the scheme now - and this can count for CPD in your current CPD year.