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We are an independent statutory body established by, and accountable to, Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. We protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession.

The title of 'chiropractor' is protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as a chiropractor without being registered with the General Chiropractic Council.

We check that all chiropractors, including those from outside the UK, are properly qualified and are fit to practise. We also approve and monitor the programmes offered by education providers responsible for training chiropractors in the UK.

By promoting standards and collaborating with registered chiropractors and other stakeholders, we help to support public confidence in the profession and its place within the wider healthcare system.

At a Glance

The General Chiropractic Council:

  • Registers chiropractors - find a chiropractor on our homepage
  • Publishes the Code covering the standards of chiropractic practice and professional conduct that all chiropractors must meet
  • Sets educational standards for individuals training to become chiropractors
  • Takes action if a chiropractor fails to meet our standards. We will remove a chiropractor from our register if they are found to be unfit to practise following investigation. Find out how to report concerns about a chiropractor

Did you know?

  • The Act of Parliament to establish the General Chiropractic Council came into being on 5 July 1994
  • We cover the UK, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar
  • Over 3,000 chiropractors have registered with us
  • It is illegal for someone to call themselves a chiropractor unless they are registered with us
  • The chiropractic profession currently has an equal split between women and men
  • There are four approved educational institutions offering chiropractic degrees in the UK

Purpose and Strategic Aims

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International Activities

We participate in a wide range of international activities that contribute to our work and supports the development of chiropractic regulation more widely

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This section includes links to the legislation that governs the regulation of chiropractors in the UK and how we operate

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