General Osteopathic Council

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.

Case study

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year, and the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) provides registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and
have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

The title “osteopath” is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can, and will, prosecute individuals who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC Register. For information about what to do if you think someone is practising as an osteopath but is not on the Register, see the GOsC’s Protection of title page.