UK Chiropractic Regulations

GCCThe General Chiropractic Council

The GCC is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate all UK chiropractic clinics and chiropractors to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment.

They protect the health and safety of the public and ensure high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession.

The title of ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. We check that all chiropractors are properly qualified and are fit to practice.

UK ChiropracticThe British Chiropractic Association

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for UK chiropractic. It was founded in 1925 and has a membership comprising over 50% of the UK’s registered chiropractors.

The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally-recognised college of chiropractic education, after a minimum of four years full-time training and ensures its chiropractors maintain high standards of conduct, practice, education and training.

The BCA was a founder member of the European Chiropractors Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic. All BCA members are covered by a high quality professional indemnity insurance and the Association operates a robust professional standards and complaints management process.

UK ChiropracticThe Royal College of Chiropractors

The Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC) is a professional membership body and registered charity promoting professional excellence, quality and safety in chiropractic.

The legislation underpinning the UK chiropractic profession, the Chiropractors Act, received Royal Assent on 5th July 1994 and the Privy Council announced the membership of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), the profession’s registering body, on 28th January 1997.

At a meeting of the Privy Council on Wednesday 12th November 2012, the Queen approved the grant of a Royal Charter to the College, the first Royal Charter to be granted to a complementary medicine organisation in the UK. Rarely granted, a Royal Charter signals permanence and stability and, in the College’s case, a clear indication to others of the leadership value and innovative approach the College brings to the development of the chiropractic profession. The Royal Charter essentially formalises the College’s position as a unique, apolitical, consultative body, recognising its role in promoting high practice standards and certifying quality and thus securing public confidence.

UK ChiropracticThe European Chiropractors Union

The European Chiropractors Union (ECU) represents the national associations of 21 European nations, promoting the health benefits of chiropractic, high standards of education and excellence in conduct and practice. The ECU also represents the interests of the profession at a European level, advocating the inclusion of chiropractic within health policies and health programmes.

The ECU’s affairs are directed by a General Council, comprising representatives of each of its national association members. Its day-to-day activities are co-ordinated by an Executive Council, consisting a President, Vice-President and Treasurer. A secretariat, based in London, administers the ECU and executes the decisions of the General Council.

There are around 6000 chiropractors in Europe providing millions of treatments to European citizens every year. Chiropractic is best known for treating back and neck pain, but in fact chiropractors successfully treat a wide range of other health conditions.

UK ChiropracticThe World Federation of Chiropractic

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has national associations of chiropractors in 88 countries as its voting members, and represents them and the chiropractic profession internationally. Many individuals and organizations support its work as associate members.

The WFC has been a non-governmental organization or NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1997, and collaborates with many federations representing other healthcare professions.

The WFC defines Chiropractic as: A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

UK ChiropracticThe Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 [IR(ME)R 2017], are the regulations implemented for Great Britain, laying down the basic measures for the radiation protection of persons undergoing medical exposures. The Medical Exposures Directive requires that all medical exposures to ionising radiation must be justified prior to the exposure being made. The Directive refers to two levels of justification; justification of types of practice and justification of individual medical exposures.

Practice involving the use of ionising radiation in the NHS and the private sector of healthcare is broadly consistent. Whilst this guidance is drafted with specific reference to the NHS, the Regulations and guidance apply to both the NHS and the private sector.

This regulation prohibits any practitioner or operator from carrying out a medical exposure or any practical aspect without having been adequately trained


IR(ME)R 2017 link

UK ChiropracticThe Advertising Standards Agency

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media. We apply the Advertising Codes, which are written by the Committees of Advertising Practice. Our work includes acting on complaints and proactively checking the media to take action against misleading, harmful or offensive advertisements.