Fitness to practise
As the regulator for osteopaths, we must ensure that all practitioners on the Register maintain proper and professional standards and conduct. The Osteopathic Practice Standards support osteopaths in improving their practice and complying with legislation ensuring high-quality care for patients.
Fitness to practise protects both osteopaths and patients. Maintaining patient safety and public confidence in the osteopathic profession means that we must investigate and consider concerns raised about osteopaths’ conduct, competence or health.
Concerns may fall within one of several categories (called ‘allegations’) as defined by law, including:
- conduct which has fallen short of the standard required
- professional incompetence
- conviction of a criminal offence
- serious impairment because of physical or mental health
Guidance for osteopaths
We have a range of resources, including some interesting case studies which can help explain fitness to practise and provide greater understanding and insight into how the process works. Fitness to practise resources