Six committees implement the policies of Council and exercise delegated authority for some statutory and regulatory roles.
Three of the committees (statutory committees with specific legal functions) were established by the Osteopaths Act 1993. Three others (including the Policy and Education Committee, previously the Policy Advisory Committee, which carries out the statutory duties of the Education Committee) have been set up by the Council to help us perform our duties.
The Investigating Committee (statutory) carries out the initial investigation of a concern against an osteopath when there is an allegation of serious unacceptable conduct, professional incompetence or matters relating to ill health.
The Policy and Education Committee contributes to the development of Council on all matters of policy. The Committee will also undertake the statutory functions that are reserved to the Education Committee as referred to in the Osteopaths Act.
The Professional Conduct Committee (statutory) hears cases concerning serious unacceptable conduct, incompetence or criminal convictions. If the Committee finds any such case proved, it imposes an appropriate sanction on the osteopath.
The Health Committee (statutory) considers cases where an osteopath is alleged to be in poor physical or mental health. Appropriate action is taken in the interests of the public and the osteopath.
The Audit Committee is a non-statutory committee that advises the Council on all matters relating to internal and external audit, risk management and corporate governance.
The People Committee oversees all issues of appointments and remuneration policy in relation to the non-executives and staff of the General Osteopathic Council. The policies governing remuneration for Council and committee members and fitness to practise panellists are available on the Governance Handbook page.