General Osteopathic Council

Osteopathy House
176 Tower Bridge Road

Tel: (Osteopathic Information Service) 020 7357 6655

The Osteopaths Act 1993 established the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to 'provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy'.

  • The GOsC keeps the Register of all those permitted to practise osteopathy in the UK and they set and maintain osteopathic training and practice.
  • They work with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals and they set, maintain and develop standards of osteopathic practice and standards.
  • They also ensure the quality of osteopathic education and ensure that osteopaths undertake continuing professional development.
  • They help patients with any concerns or complaints about an osteopath and have the power to remove from the Register any osteopaths who are unfit to practice.
The GOsC:
  • Registers qualified professionals.
  • Sets standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
  • Assures the quality of osteopathic education.
  • Ensures Continuing Professional Development.
  • Helps patients with complaints about an osteopath.
The GOsC is one of the 13 UK health and social care regulators. The regulators are set up to protect the public so that whenever you see a health or social care professional, you can be sure they meet the required standards.

The regulators are committed to public and patient involvement in developing regulatory processes.

Last updated on 21/07/2012

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