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About us

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law, osteopaths must be registered with the GOsC in order to practise in the UK.

Visitors at the reception desk of Osteopathy House

The over-arching objective of the GOsC is the protection of the public. This involves the pursuit of the following objectives:

a) protecting, promoting and maintaining the health, safety and well-being of the public;

b) promoting and maintaining public confidence in the profession of osteopathy; and

c) promoting and maintaining proper professional standards and conduct for members of that profession.

What we do

  • The GOsC keeps the Register of all those permitted to practise osteopathy in the UK.
  • We work with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals and we set, maintain and develop standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
  • We help patients with any concerns or complaints about an osteopath and have the power to remove from the Register any osteopaths who are unfit to practise.
  • We also assure the quality of osteopathic education and ensure that osteopaths undertake continuing professional development.

Patient and Public Partnership Group

We are currently inviting patients and members of the public to join our Patient and Public Partnership Group to provide a patient and public perspective on our work and assist in developing GOsC communication materials. For further information about joining the group visit our Patient and Public Partnership page.

Annual Report

Our annual report provides an overview of our work over the last year. Read more


We welcome comments and feedback about this website and the information on it. If you have any comments or if you have not been able to find the information you want in this section or on the website as a whole, please contact us by using the form on the Contact us page or by emailing info@osteopathy.org.uk.