The Osteopathy Act
The Osteopathy Act was passed in 1993 to protect the public from untrained and unauthorised practitioners. No-one can now call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the new professional regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council. This also sets educational and training standards, maintains codes of ethics and practice, professional insurance and complaints and disciplinary procedures. A period of time was allowed for those who had previously called themselves osteopaths to pass a professional assessment and the first British state register of osteopaths opened in 1999.
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