Osteopahic Council

The Osteopathic Council ensures public safety through effective regulation and monitoring of the ongoing competency of the osteopathic profession.

We do this by establishing a regulatory framework for registration that includes:

  • determining scopes of practice
  • prescribing recognised qualifications
  • developing competencies for the practice of osteopathy
  • assessing the competence of overseas practitioners
  • a system for complaints and discipline designed to protect members of the public.

We also maintain a public register of osteopaths, where members of the public are able to check whether individual osteopaths are registered and hold a practising certificate.

The Council and Osteopathic Professional Organisations

The Council is a separate organisation from professional associations for osteopaths, which exist to promote the practice of osteopathy. Although Council members may also be members of a professional association, our duty as Council members is to act in accordance with the aims, objectives and requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. Council members are appointed by the Minister to oversee the profession, they are not elected by osteopaths to represent their professional interests.

The Council and the Osteopath

The Council can consult with the osteopathic profession, and in some circumstances must do so - for example, when specifying scopes of practice and qualifications for each scope.

Our overriding consideration in making decisions, is to ensure that we comply with the principal purpose of the HPCA Act - that is, the protection of the health and safety of members of the public by providing mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise. We must therefore be satisfied that any requirements and standards we set or recognise will fulfil the Act's principal purpose.

The Council has determined seven scopes of practice for osteopaths.




  • 2018 Regional Conferences

    Registrations are now open for our 2018 Regional Conferences.  Register early! There is an early bird fee available for each location. Auckland - 26 May 2018 Christchurch - 28 July 2018 Wellington - 10 November 2018 Registration forms here.   Agenda can be downloaded...

  • Child and Adolescent Health Recertification Programme

    Click here for OCNZ Recertification Programme letter   Click here for OCNZ Notice of New Recertification Programme: Child and Adolescent Health in Osteopathy   Click here for the Ara Institute of Canterbury information leaflet...

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