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Osteopathic Standards

Pan-European standards


2016 saw the launch of the European Standard on Osteopathic Healthcare Provision (or EN16686 for short). Developed in collaboration with the European Committee for Standardisation (, this represents for the first time that pan-European standards have been agreed.


From 2012-2015 FORE worked alongside the European Federation of Osteopaths to jointly fund and develop the European Standard.


While this Standard will not replace existing laws relating to osteopathy in European countries, it will provide a standard of care expected of osteopaths in those countries currently without any form of regulation. This CEN standard is meant to improve care by determining what constitutes the education, training and practice expected of an osteopath. 


Copies of the European Standard are available from national CEN member organisations. 


To help promote awareness of the Standard two sets of public information and are available in a number of languages:





The What to expect from your osteopath leaflet is designed for prospective patients.





The European Standard on osteopathy factsheet focuses on the more technical aspects of the Standard and is targeted more towards policy makers and health professionals.


For more information about the leaflets and factsheets, email



International standards


FORE also works with other osteopathic organisations across the globe to help develop osteopathic standards internationally. This work includes benchmarks for training published by the World Health Organization.  

World Health Organization Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy
WHO Benchmarks.pdf
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