Professional associations

There are several osteopathic associations, organizations and institutions operating on British territory in order to provide different kinds of services to osteopaths and regulate their practice. Some of these association operate also outside the UK, like, for example, the European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy, which is present on as many as 12 European countries. In this section you will find a list of organizations with their description and links. If you are an osteopathic association and wish to be added to this list please contact us on our contact page.

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

The General Osteopathic Council regulates the practice of osteopathy in the UK according to the Osteopaths Act 1993. Any osteopath willing to practice osteopathy in the UK must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Beside the Standards of Practice the GOsC establishes and monitors the standards of education leading to the title of osteopath and of the related CPD. The GOsC website provides a full register of all osteopaths qualified to practice in the UK.

Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy

The Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy is a charity committed to raising awareness of the osteopathic approach for children's healthcare. Supported by its own clinic, the Osteopathic Centre for Children, it provides excellent osteopathic care for children and pregnant and post-natal women. The Foundation also focuses on education and training for pediatric osteopaths and on research dedicated to osteopathy for children.

European Federation & Forum for Osteopathy

EFFO is a professional association that represents and brings together osteopaths and national osteopathic organisations of 22 countries across Europe. Its mission is to spread and improve high standards of osteopathic practice and regulation while promoting research and education with the aim of ultimately enhancing the protection of patients in Europe.

Institute of Osteopathy (iO)

The iO is the professional membership organisation for osteopaths in the UK. It represents about two-thirds of osteopaths registered with the GOsC. It provides an iO Patient Charter, in accordance to which its members commit themselves to providing the highest standards of care to their patients.

National Council for Osteopathic Research

The National Council for Osteopathic Research supports and facilitates the development and advancement of Osteopathic Research in order to promote practice that optimise patient care.

Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA)

An international association promoting high-quality osteopathic healthcare throughout the world based on the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine.

The Osteopathic Sports Care Association

OSCA is an association of osteopaths with a specific focus on sports medicine, on well-being of sports people and on the provision and enhancement of education and training of sport osteopaths.

Sutherland Society

The Sutherland Society promotes the teaching and practice of Cranial techniques within the osteopathic standards of practice. It provides postgraduate courses focusing on the teaching of A. T. Still and W. G. Sutherland.

Association of Animal Osteopaths (AAO)

The AAO is an international association for animal osteopaths and those who have trained professionally in osteopathic techniques for animals. The AAO aims to bring all animal osteopaths worldwide together and support them in the best interest of animal welfare despite the great variety of the current regulation throughout the world.

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