Osteopathy is regulated in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, Iceland and Malta, but this is not the case in many other countries throughout the world.
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This means that in some countries the status of osteopathy is not always clear so before securing an osteopath job abroad it is best to check out the local regulations and opportunities. The profession is often unrecognised and/or unregulated, and sometimes has several representative organisations at a national level.
The majority of UK osteopaths (86%) practise in England, with 3% in Scotland, 2.7% in Wales, 0.5% in Northern Ireland and 7.8% working in Osteopath jobs abroad.
For Osteopaths looking for Osteopath jobs abroad we would recommend visiting the Osteopathic Development Group website which gives details of the osteopathic organisations that they are aware of across the globe : - https://www.osteointernational.uk/osteopathy-worldwide/
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO or D.O.) is a professional doctoral degree of osteopathic medicine offered to physicians and surgeons by medical schools in the United States. A DO graduate may become licensed as an osteopathic physician, similar to a physician who has earned the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. There is a distinction between osteopathic physicians trained within the United States and those trained outside of the United States.
UK-trained osteopaths do work in the US, but are required to use a different professional title, such as 'manual therapist'. With the exception of the US, UK qualified osteopaths can practice in countries all over the world, subject to local regulations, including most of Europe, Australia and South America.
DOs (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine US) are not recognised in the UK. Osteopaths with qualifications from outside the UK must have an assessment of a non UK qualification with the General Osteopathic Council, provide evidence of further practice and then undertake a Assessment of Clinical Performance.
The standard for Osteopath jobs in Europe is the 'European Standard for Osteopathic Healthcare Provision', or EN16686 for short.
While this standard does not replace existing laws relating to osteopathy in European countries, it provides a standard of care expected of osteopaths in those countries currently without any form of regulation.
This CEN standard for osteopathy is meant to improve care by determining what constitutes the education, training and practice expected of an osteopath.
Memorandum of understanding: UK and Australasia
The GOsC, the Osteopathy Board of Australia, the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, and the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council have a memorandum of understanding.
The purpose of the memorandum is to promote the exchange of regulatory information and best practice, to streamline regulatory processes, and to encourage related activities between the regulators in the UK and Australasia.
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