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Regulator – The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law, osteopaths must be registered with the GOsC in order to practise in the UK.
What they do:
- The GOsC keeps the Register of all those permitted to practise osteopathy in the UK.
- They work with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals and set, maintain and develop standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
- They help patients with any concerns or complaints about an osteopath and have the power to remove from the Register any osteopaths who are unfit to practise.
- Also, they assure the quality of osteopathic education and ensure that osteopaths undertake continuing professional development.
The GOsC CPD scheme requires osteopaths to complete: a three-year CPD cycle of 90 hours of CPD, which is primarily self-directed. This must comprise a minimum of 45 hours of CPD ‘learning with others’. (This CPD should be undertaken at regular intervals throughout the CPD period so, for example, 30 hours of CPD, including 15 hours learning with others per year.)