Osteopathy | Cam-Regulation


News – New regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries:


Norway: From 2012, new bachelor degree in Osteopathy. Read more


France: September 12, 2014 and December 12, 2014 the French government decided two new decrees on standards of osteopathic training required to practise as an osteopath. Read more, and see also www.forewards.eu/news-events and www.osteopathe-syndicat.fr/actualite-osteopathe-du-sfdo/item/416-reform-of-osteopathic-training-in-france.html


Turkey: October 27, 2014 new law on Regulations for Traditional and Complementary Medicine Practice. Read more


Portugal: September 2, 2013 new regulations on Osteopathy. Read more

Notice! All text below is copied from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec 31, 2012

In 9 countries osteopath is a regulated profession. 6 countries have registered the profession in the EU regulated professions database. (Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Switzerland, UK).

Map from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012
Map from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012

Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta require a qualification level PS3 – diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years). In Switzerland the qualification level is 5 years plus 2 years of internship.

In UK “osteopath” is registered with a qualification level PS4- diploma of post-secondary level (exactly 4 years). In France, Hungary and Latvia the osteopath profession is regulated, but not registered in the EU database. In France legislation provides a medical qualification to practise osteopathy. A new law on chiropractic and osteopathy is in progress.

In Hungary only doctors may practise and osteopathy is regulated as “manual therapy”. In Latvia doctors may have a doctoral degree of osteopathy and a rank as “doctor of osteopathy”.

6 countries have regulations on osteopathy treatment, but not regulated the profession
(Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia).

In Belgium the CAM law includes a “Chamber of osteopathy”. In Bulgaria the health law includes “non-conventional physical methods” which may include osteopathy. In Italy court rulings and the medical association have acknowledged osteopathic treatment for health professionals with approved international osteopathic education. In Portugal the CAM law “on the provision of nonconventional therapies” regulates osteopathy. In Romania the CAM law recognizes osteopathy in the group “manual therapies”. In Slovenia osteopathy is listed in the CAM law as “other CAM systems”, a method defined within “manipulative and body –based methods”.

In 24 countries we have not found specific osteopathy regulations. General CAM and health regulations may influence osteopathic treatment.

Table from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012
Table from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012

Go directly to the regulation of osteopathy in a specific country:

Albania Austria – Belgium – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark – Estonia – Finland – France - Germany – Greece– Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Israel Italy Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malta – Montenegro – Netherlands – Norway – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Serbia – Slovakia – Slovenia – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Turkey – United Kingdom


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