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Osteopath: Licences

What action do I need to take?

It is a legal requirement that all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. To successfully register, an osteopath must hold a recognised qualification. (These are offered by colleges and universities that are recognised by the General Osteopathic Council and are listed on the Council's website.) Registration for new applicants costs £320, then £430 in the next year and then £570 for each following year (correct at October 2018).

You may also be required to obtain a special treatments licence from your local authority. This will depend on the policy of individual authorities and the nature of the services that you are intending to offer.

You should also be aware of the following:

  • if background music is provided in the clinic you will usually need a Music Licence from PPL PRS Ltd. There is an annual fee for this which you can pay online on the PPL PRS website
  • if you keep computerised records of patients' or other individuals' personal details, it's likely that you'll be required to register as a data user with the Information Commissioner's Office. From May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation has introduced additional protection for personal data