The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the profession’s statutory self-regulatory body whose remit (under the Osteopaths Act 1993) is to provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy. It maintains the register of all those who are permitted (by law) to practise osteopathy in the UK.
Securing public protection
Central to the provisions of the Act is the protection of the title ‘osteopath’ and it is a criminal offence for practitioners to use the title ‘osteopath’ or attempt to pass off as one unless registered.
The GOsC works with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals and sets, maintains and develops standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
The GOsC assures the quality of osteopathic education. All osteopaths have either undergone a lengthy process to validate their safe and competent practice or have qualified from a GOsC accredited course of training. It also ensures that all osteopaths undertake and fulfil a continual professional development requirement to maintain their annual registration.
The GOsC deals with any concerns or complaints about an osteopath and has the power to remove from the Register any osteopath who is unfit to practise.