Osteopathy is a regulated healthcare profession in Malta and is regulated by the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine. The relevant law is set out below:
Article 21 (a) (b) (d) and the First Schedule (Art 6) of the Health Care Professions Act (Cap 464)
“(1) No person shall practise any of the professions complementary to medicine unless his name is entered in the respective register kept by the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine, in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(2) No person shall qualify to be so registered unless -
(a) he is a citizen of Malta or of a Member State or is otherwise legally entitled or authorised to work in Malta;
(b) he is of good conduct; and
(c) his name is entered in one of the registers for the professions complimentary to medicine referred to in article 28”
To safeguard the health and well-being of the public using the services of the professions it regulates, by setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct.
The profession of osteopathy was on the list of regulated professions since 2003, however, the first osteopath was registered in April 2012. There is currently only one registered osteopath in Malta.
The Council allows registration of osteopaths onto the register in the following scenarios:
Citizen of Malta or an EU member State
A qualification obtained from the Institute of Health Care at the University of Malta
A qualification obtained from a member State and recognised in accordance to the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications Act
A qualification obtained from any other University, College or School recognised by the said Council
Not a Citizen of an EU Member State
Holds a qualification recognised by the CPCM
Registration is valid for a period of two years
Relevant application to be submitted at least 2 months in advance.
There is no possibilty for training in osteopathy in Malta. Foreign qualifications are subject to recognition in accordance with the ‘Mutual Recognition of Qualifications Act’.
The code of practice for the profession of osteopathy was published in March 2013 and is availble for download from the CPCM website:
For further information:
Address: SLH - OPD
(Level 1), St. Luke's Square, G'Mangia,