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All registered chiropractors (whether practising or non-practising) must keep up to date with developments within the profession. This is to ensure that they are practising in the best interests of their patients and themselves.

The way we check that chiropractors are broadening and deepening their knowledge is through a system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The CPD rules set out the system of CPD and the requirements that all chiropractors must complete each year.

The rules are legally binding, which means that only those who can demonstrate they have exceptional circumstances for not completing their annual CPD, will be granted exemption by the Registrar.

The CPD scheme – an overview for chiropractors

The CPD year begins on 1 September each year and ends on the 31 August the following year, for example, 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020.

We have produced this guide because our CPD return form is changing to make the reporting process clearer and simpler, and to help you reflect effectively on your learning.

The basic requirements of GCC CPD

The GCC CPD programme provides a structure which you need to follow in order to satisfy the statutory CPD rules. The basic requirements of this programme are that each year you:

  • identify your learning needs/interests and produce a personal plan of learning activities to address them,
  • undertake and record at least 30 hours of CPD activity in accordance with your plan, of which 15 hours or more constitutes learning with others (see Appendix 1 of the guidance), and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the learning undertaken.

In addition, the CPD activity you undertake:

  • must constitute a learning experience for you (therefore, carrying out your normal working activities does not meet the requirements of the programme), and
  • must be focused on advancing your professional development as a chiropractor, i.e. improving the care you provide for your patients, and/or developing the chiropractic profession.

Making the most of your learning

A key aspect of reinforcing and deepening the learning gained from your CPD activity is reflective evaluation. Along with the other healthcare regulators, the GCC is committed to supporting reflective practice among registrants, and the new CPD reporting form is designed to assist you with this. We will be providing registrants with separate, wider ranging guidance on reflective practice in due course.

You can find further information on the system for Continuing Professional Development in our guidance. Submission of a CPD summary is only accepted via the GCC portal.

We have also compiled the following table, which you may find helpful. It outlines some of the commonly noted activities that we can only accept as CPD learning activities if the learning outcomes are specified.

Example Activity

To be a CPD learning activity you must...

Using social media

tell us how you are learning and developing through this activity

Spine checks

tell us about the time you spent offering spine checks at a community event (for example) – and what you learnt while you were there

Voluntary work

tell us about how the learning from your volunteering has contributed to your professional learning and development

Committee work

let us know about your work with a committee and describe how it contributes to your or the wider profession’s learning and development


ensure your own learning and development is being taken forward; it is not enough to repeat a session/teach a class as usual

Gaining practice building information

ensure this is not solely for business (as opposed to learning) purposes, for example finding out how to increase your patient numbers to maximise business growth

Visiting exhibition stands at conferences

discuss and/or think about what you are seeing on the stands, rather than just having a look

Formal and informal learning with others

Learning can take place in a formal setting, such as a lecture or seminar, or more informally, such as at practice meetings or by having discussions with colleagues. However, chiropractors must remember that they will need to keep some evidence to show they have done this learning in case we audit their CPD (see below).

CPD audit

To check that chiropractors are doing the learning they tell us they are doing, each year we ask a sample of chiropractors to send in evidence of their learning. Find out more here.

What happens if I don’t meet the CPD requirements?

Each year there will be a small number of cases where registrants have not met the requirements of the CPD scheme, or they have not submitted a CPD record summary at all.

In these cases we always attempt to open a dialogue with the chiropractor to resolve any issues. However, in instances where registrants do not engage with the process, or their CPD does not meet the expected standard, the Registrar will have little option but to remove them from the register.

In these cases the registrant will always be given the opportunity to engage with the process so that the Registrar may take as much information into account as possible on which to base his decision.

In the unlikely event that a registrant’s name is removed from the register for failing to comply with the CPD requirements, an option will be open to them to appeal the Registrar’s decision. An appeal must be lodged within 28 days from the date of the removal notice. Further information on the appeals process can be found here.

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