Is osteopathy safe and regulated?
Osteopathy was accorded statutory recognition under the Osteopaths Act of 1993 and the title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law, hence it is a criminal offence to describe oneself as an osteopath unless you have completed and passed the full course provided by an osteopathic institution that has been accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
Osteopaths must then provide evidence of the strict annual continued professional development requirements 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. As primary health care practitioners our first concern is patient safety.