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Osteopathic Practice Standards

About the Review

The draft updated Osteopathic Practice Standards set out on the following pages are based upon a review of the current Osteopathic Practice Standards, which began in 2016. The existing standards stay in force until the end of August 2019.

We held a consultation on the updated standards from 1 August to – 31 October 2017. All the comments we have received are being taken into consideration before we publish the updated Osteopathic Practice Standards in 2018. You can follow the process of finalising the updated standards in the papers for forthcoming Council and Policy Advisory Committee meetings.

You can also view a timeline of the process.

In January 2016 we launched a call for evidence inviting osteopaths, patients and the public to comment on the existing standards for osteopaths and to share their experiences of using them in practice. Using the responses we received, as well as incorporating best practice from other regulators and changes in the law, we developed the draft updated osteopathic practice standards on this website.

The revisions were also informed by the Stakeholder Reference Group, which included the Council of Osteopathic Educational Institutions, the National Council for Osteopathic Research, the Osteopathic Alliance, the Institute of Osteopathy and patients.

The purpose of updating the standards is to ensure they are clear and that they support osteopaths to continue to deliver high quality care for their patients. They also incorporate best practice from other regulators and reflect changes in the law.

Consultation areas

We welcomed comments on all areas of the proposed revised Osteopathic Practice Standards, but we were particularly interested in views on the following areas:

  1. combining the standard of proficiency, Code of Practice and four themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards
  2. clarity around the duty of candour, consent, boundaries, notes and modesty and understanding the ‘why’ of standards
  3. osteopathic principles and philosophy
  4. the role of osteopathy in public health and in relation to other health professionals
  5. the content of the standards and guidance
  6. period of implementation.