Osteopathic Training and Regulation
Osteopathy is recognised by the British Medical Association (BMA) as clinical discipline.
Osteopathic training is completed in a 4 year degree course which incorporates a detailed study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis, and osteopathic technique.
Osteopathy was accorded statutory recognition under the Osteopaths Act of 1993 and the title is protected by law. It is illegal for anyone to practice as an Osteopath unless they have completed and passed the full course provided by an osteopathic institution that has been accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
Osteopaths must provide proof that they have undertaken 30 hours continued professional development annually, to remain registered with the GOsC.
Patients have the same safeguards, confidentiality, and rights when seeing an Osteopath as they do when seeing a doctor or dentist.