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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. 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 on the updated OPS

Have your say on the updated OPS

We have updated the Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS) and we would like your views on them. It’s easy to make your comments on the revisions using our dedicated review website.
Closing date: 31 October.

New CPD for osteopaths

New CPD for osteopaths

Our new CPD scheme for osteopaths will be introduced from September 2018. Learn more about the new requirements and try out the learning resources on our dedicated new CPD website.

What do patients really think?

What do patients really think?

Do they want quicker access to sessions or exercise sheets to take away? Would they recommend their osteopath to their friends and family? Osteopath Maria Hayes found out what her patients thought by conducting a patient feedback survey. You can read the results on on page 11 of the new issue of the osteopath.


Get a head start...

01 September 2017

...and familiarise yourself with the updated 'Osteopathic Practice Standards' before...

OPS consultation and Countdown to new CPD: patient feedback

15 August 2017

The latest issue of the osteopath is out now

CPD Rules consultation

Give us your views on the amended Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rules. We have developed and consulted on changes to our existing CPD scheme and the new CPD scheme will take effect from September 2018. The changes to the CPD rules are necessary for the implementation of the new scheme. >Read more