Skip to main content

Background and purpose of the consultation

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates chiropractors in the UK, Isle of Man and Gibraltar to ensure the safety of patients while undergoing chiropractic treatment. It is an independent statutory body established by, and accountable to, Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. It protects the health and safety of the public; by:

  • Promoting standards: It will set, assure compliance, and promote educational, professional and registration standards alongside lifelong learning.
  • Developing the profession: It will facilitate collaborative strategic work to support the profession's development.
  • Investigating and acting:  It will take right-touch action on complaints, the misuse of title or where registration standards are not met.
  • Delivering value: It will be a great place to work, work collaboratively and deliver effective and efficient services.

The Consultation

The GCC invites views on its draft Investigating Committee Decision-Making Guidance, a revision of the Investigating Committee Decision-Making Guidance published in October 2019.

A summary of the main changes in the draft Investigating Committee Decision-Making Guidance includes:

  • A new section on conflict of interest when IC members sit to consider a referral for an interim suspension order and the interim suspension hearing.
  • A new section sets out the test to be applied by the IC when determining whether to refer for an interim suspension hearing.
  • Additional factors identified as being relevant when the IC is asked to consider an interim suspension order.


The draft Investigating Committee Decision-Making Guidance on which we invite comments. 

The equality impact assessment of the Investigating Committee Decision-Making Guidance, with comments invited within the consultation.

Ways to respond

Submissions to this consultation can be made online (see below) or by email at (click here to download the consultation document)

Closing date

The deadline for responses to this consultation on the draft guidance is 31 August 2022 at midnight. The consultation will be publicised, and stakeholders will be invited to comment.

Investigating Committee Decision-Making Guidance online consultation

Information in responses, including personal information, may need to be published or disclosed under the access to information regimes (mainly the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act 2018, and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). If you would prefer your name not to be made public, please indicate this when sending us your views.

The GCC is a data controller registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office. We use personal data to support our work as the regulatory body for chiropractors. We may share data with third parties to meet our statutory aims and objectives and when using our powers and fulfilling our responsibilities.


Education Standards Consultation

The GCC invites views on its draft Education Standards. Once agreed, it will replace the Education Standards published in 2017.

Find out More

Hearings Protocol Consultation

The GCC invites views on its draft Hearings Protocol. Once agreed, it will replace the protocol on remote hearings, published in March 2021.

Find out More