OSTEOPATHY AROUND THE GLOBE
Neither in Europe nor worldwide is there any consistent regulation of osteopathy. There is country specific progress when it comes to the recognition of the profession. Umbrella organisations around the world strive to achieve consistent standardized recognition of osteopathy
EUROPEAN UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS
European Federation of Osteopaths (EFO)
On an European level, the European Federation of Osteopaths acts as representative for 16 European professional associations. Additionally, it has been tasked as spokesperson representing the European osteopaths in front of the EU-Commission and the European Parliament. EFO has this role as member of the Conseil Européen des Professions libéral (CEPLIS), the association of independent professions.
Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (FORE)
FORE, counting 14 members states sees itself as organisation acting in the interest of the patients by developing quality standards pertaining to behaviour, competencies and training of osteopaths. The following documents have been published:
- European Framework for Standards of Osteopathic Practice: Standards bezüglich osteopathischer Kompetenzen
- European Framework for Codes of Osteopathic Practice: Standards für einen osteopathischen Verhaltenscodex
- European Framework for Standards of Osteopathic Education and Training: Standards für die osteopathische Ausbildung
Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN)
The European Committee for Standardization is currently developing a European Standard for Osteopathy in collaboration with FORE. This document is planned to be concluded by 2014.
Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN)
The Osteopathic European Academic Network unites 31 mainly European osteopathic training facilities with the overall goal of standardizing training and obtaining a university degree accreditation for each of the schools.
GLOBAL UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS
Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA)
The worldwide umbrella organisation representing all osteopathic associations (unions, schools, registers) is called the Osteopathic International Alliance and counts more than 60 members.