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Norsk Osteopat Forbund

Postboks 6731 Etterstad

0609 Oslo

+47 950 00 505


Osteopathy in Norway

There are currently about 300 Osteopaths in Norway. The profession has been growing steadily through many years, especially the latest five years. We are established as a respected profession and many Norwegians regularly go to see their osteopath, regarding a wide range of health issues. Respected, but not yet recognised as an authorised health profession, and our main aim as an organisation is to achieve authorisation.  We strongly believe this will be crucial for patient safety and build a stronger relation between osteopaths and other health professions.


Norsk Osteopatforbund, NOF (Norwegian Association of Osteopaths, NOF) is an organisation for osteopaths in Norway, and was established in 1993. In December 2015 there were about 280 members of NOF. About 95% of all osteopaths working in Norway are members of the NOF.


Osteopaths and osteopathy students may apply for membership if they have graduated from or are attending education at the NHCK ( or similar postgraduate education, or if they have graduated from or are attending education from accredited undergraduate education abroad.


The NOF recognises the recently established CEN Standard for Osteopathic Healthcare Provision. This standard forms the basis for our continuous work for regulation through high quality education.


Our aims

The NOF is working for:

  • An independent authorisation of the title 'Osteopath', and to be regulated under the Norwegian Health Personnel Law, with the title Osteopath to be a legally protected professional title.  Our objective is patient safety and to protect the concept of osteopathic philosophy, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Establishing and developing osteopathy in Norway as an independent profession.
  • Other issues raised by and/or concerning our members.
  • Continuous development of academic and ethical standards through educational issues, training and research.
  • Public acceptance and recognition of osteopathy.
  • To contribute to, and to participate in the growing international network of fellow osteopaths.

The Organisation

The board of the NOF is elected at the annual assembly with a president, four board members, and two deputy members.

The members of NOF are committed to the statutes of the NOF, which are laid down by the annual general meeting, and there must be a 2/3 majority vote to carry out any changes of the statutes. The statutes include paragraphs concerning academic and ethical standards of the members, and on the rights and duties of the osteopath. The financial base of the NOF is membership fees.

All members are obliged to take part in a CPD programme, and the NOF carries out controls every year of a random 1/5 of total number of members.

The annual general meeting also elects an ethical committee, with three members. This committee deals with the osteopathic ethical and academic relations following the statutes of NOF. The statutes are in accordance with the Norwegian Health Personnel Law. The statutes describe guidelines on professional secrecy, ethical relations and matters concerning patient safety. A member may be excluded from continued membership if he or she does not comply with the statutes of NOF. Other committees elected by the annual meeting are a control committee, who overlooks economic issues, and an electoral committee.

In addition, the board has appointed a number of different committees:

  • A committee administering postgraduate education, encouraging members to continuously developing their osteopathic skills.
  • An editorial staff, working with information towards the members of the NOF, and towards the public through the NOF web site.


The NOF offers a collective insurance to its members.


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