General Osteopathic Council
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the regulator of the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom.
The GOsC was established in 1997 following the Osteopaths Act 1993 to 'provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy' with the primary aim of protecting the public. It produced the first Statutory Register of Osteopaths in 2000.
The aims of the GOsC are:
- To protect patients
- To develop the osteopathic profession
- To promote an understanding of osteopathic care
The work of the GOsC includes:
- Registers qualified professionals
- Sets standards of osteopathic practice and conduct
- Assures the quality of osteopathic education
- Ensures Continuing Professional Development
- Helps patients with complaints about an osteopath
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), is an independent body accountable to the UK Parliament, which promotes the health and wellbeing of the public and oversees the nine UK healthcare regulators, including GOsC.
- "About us: Our work". General Osteopathic Council. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "Statutory Regulators Directory: Organisation Profile: General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)". Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Retrieved 16 September 2014.