Norwegian Association of Osteopaths – NAO (Norsk Osteopatforbund – NOF) was founded in 1993 and organizes the clear majority of Osteopaths working in Norway. Number of members are about 350, plus student members. Member qualifications represent both part-time and full-time, as a part-time programme for physiotherapists was the first programme to be delivered in Norway. Since 2008 there is a well-functioning full-time 4-year programme in Oslo, at Kristiania University College. This programme is recognized by the authorities and students can apply for financial support.
Osteopaths in Norway have a good level of public recognition and are rather well established as providers of primary health care. Still though considered alternative medicine by law, as authorization is not yet in place. We continue our efforts to build good relations with important stakeholders and do believe the future is promising regarding regulation.
Patients in need for an Osteopath can self-refer as there is no regulation or reimbursement. There are also possibilities of reimbursement from some of the major insurance companies. Membership of NAO (NOF) gives right to not having to charge VAT. Osteopaths often work in close relation to other health care practitioners as doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractor etc.