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Standards of practice

The Osteopathic Practice Standards are the standards required of osteopaths to ensure the quality of care that patients are entitled to receive and to protect patients from harm.

Osteopathic Practice Standards

A picture of the Osteopathic Practice Standards booklet

All osteopaths are provided with a printed copy of the Osteopathic Practice Standards on registration. Further printed copies may be purchased at a cost of £3.50 each, plus £1.08 postage and packing in the UK. Postage and packing for Europe is £4.30 and for the rest of the world is £4.95.

To order copies email our communications department on info@osteopathy.org.uk or telephone 020 7357 6655 x242. If you are emailing please include your name, registration number if you are an osteopath, and the address you would like the copies posted to. We will include an invoice with your order.

The Osteopathic Practice Standards are also available to download in Welsh. Mae’r Safonau Ymarfer Osteopathig 2019 ar gael yn y Gymraeg.

You can also read the Osteopathic Practice Standards on our dedicated website.

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Continuing Professional Development Guidelines (current CPD scheme)

CPD Guidelines for OsteopathsOsteopaths are required to do a set amount of professional development each year, in order to renew their registration. The Continuing Professional Development Guidelines contains guidance for osteopaths about our continuing professional development (CPD) scheme. For more information about our CPD scheme see the Standards for Professional Development page.

New registrants are automatically sent a printed copy of the Continuing Professional Development Guidelines. Further printed copies may be purchased at a cost of £4.00 each plus £0.76 postage and packing in the UK. Postage and packing for Europe is £3.13 and for the rest of the world is £4.66.

To order copies email our communications department on info@osteopathy.org.uk and please include your name, registration number if you are an osteopath, and the address you would like the copies posted to. We will include your invoice with your order.

Read the guidelines


Continuing Professional Development Guidance (new CPD scheme)

CPD guidance - new CPD schemeThis guidance supports osteopaths in meeting the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme requirements. The CPD scheme provides assurance of continuing fitness to practise for every osteopath on the statutory Register, by encouraging osteopaths to develop their practice as members of a community of learning.

There is also specific guidance on the Peer Discussion Review, a key element of the new CPD scheme.

Read the guidance