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GOsC freezes registration fees

8 December 2021

The GOsC’s Council has agreed to freeze annual registration fees for the eighth year in succession.

The annual registration fee is considered each year by the GOsC’s Council. At its meeting on 25 November 2021, Council members, recognising the financial challenges faced by osteopaths due to the pandemic together with the increased cost of living, agreed to hold registration fees at their current level for the next financial year.

In once again not increasing the fees in line with inflation for 2022/23, this represents a decrease in the fee in real terms. The effects of inflation over the eight-year period represents a loss of income to the Council of over £250,000, a loss that has been absorbed by the GOsC through careful and prudent management.

Council recognised that it may not be possible to continue to hold registration fees at their current level in the longer term and this would be considered carefully each time the registration fees are reviewed. Council (comprising five osteopath and five lay Council members) was very clear that any future increases, if required, should seek as far as possible to minimise the impact on registrants.

GOsC Chief Executive and Registrar, Matthew Redford, said:

‘I welcome the decision of Council to once again freeze registration fees for an eighth successive year. The osteopathic profession, like so many, has endured a challenging few years with the impact of the pandemic and now the increase in cost of living expenses. We recognise these challenges and have factored them into our decision-making.

'That GOsC is able to hold the registration fee at its current level once more, again absorbing the income lost by not increasing the fee in line with inflation, demonstrates our continued commitment to support osteopaths as they deliver high-quality patient care.’

You can see how the registration fee is spent in this year’s Annual Report (see page 42 onwards) and you can read reflections on the report by our Head of Resources and Assurance, Maxine Supersaud.

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