Regulation in Europe

Regulation of Osteopathy in Europe

Currently osteopathy is regulated in eleven European countries: 
Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK.

The EFFO strongly urge all governments across Europe to recognise and regulate osteopathy as an independent, primary healthcare profession.

We recommend that the title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law, and that osteopaths and osteopathic physicians can only use the titles if they meet certain statutory conditions in terms of competencies and registration and/or licensure. This would normally require statutory registration, set out in national or state/provincial law, as the health professional must comply with set standards of practice that protect the patients they treat.

Patients should be able to consult an osteopath, confident in the knowledge that the practitioner is able to practise efficiently, effectively and safely. Countries which have properly trained and regulated osteopaths see the benefits of high patient satisfaction, safe practise and good patient outcomes. 

The following regulation overview of the osteopathic profession is based on information collected by the Policy Committee within the EFFO and with contributions from all our membership, in 2021. The content in this document will be updated annually, and has been approved by the Board of the EFFO, the respective national organisations, and the Policy Committee.

Download Regulation of the Osteopathic Profession in Europe, October 2021.