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The General Chiropractic Council protects the public by ensuring high standards in the practice of chiropractic. We do this by setting and regulating professional standards not only for qualified chiropractors but also for undergraduate chiropractic education and training.

This section focuses on our education standards, but more information on our quality assurance.  Other related activity can be found within our Education and registration section.


Everyone calling themselves a chiropractor in the UK must be registered with us. To successfully register, an individual must satisfy the educational requirements for registration and be fit to practise. This means having the skills, knowledge, good health and character to practise safely and effectively.

Our Education Standards (2017) set out what people have to achieve at the point of graduation from recognised chiropractic programmes.

The education standards define, through learning outcomes, the broad content required of chiropractic degree programmes and the areas against which individuals will be assessed in order to graduate from the degree. The standards also set out criteria for the institution offering the degree programme.

The General Chiropractic Council’s Code sits at the heart of the education standards, ensuring that students are well-placed to meet the vital requirements upon graduation.

Quality assurance handbook for education providers

We have also developed a guide for education providers in the form of a Quality Assurance Handbook. The handbook provides a step by step guide to our degree approval process and will allow existing and potential providers of chiropractic degrees to ensure that they are able to develop and administer programmes that meet our standards.

Supplementary Guidance

This section includes some additional guidance for education providers. Educational institutions looking for forms or information on using the General Chiropractic approved programme logo can find it here.

Student fitness to practise

Professionalism in action: a guide for providers on student fitness to practise, sets out broad principals in relation to student fitness to practise. 

The expectation is that education providers will:

  • actively develop student fitness to practise during the course of the programme
  • have measures in place to react quickly and fairly to any concerns about a student’s fitness to practise.

Accompanying guidance for students can be found here.

Students acting as proxy patients

Our Principles of students acting as models for other students of the same and different sexes covers principles for education providers, students, registrants and members of the public on students acting as proxy-patients.

Student clinical placements

Supplementary advice to the Education Standards: Student Clinical Placements sets out the general principles that education providers should consider as they set up and design clinical placements. This includes quality assurance considerations, ensuring parity of placement experience and insurance arrangements for the duration of a placement.


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Why see a registered Chiropractor?

Fully qualified and legally registered chiropractors provide safe treatment and a high standard of care.

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Seeing a Chiropractor for the first time

We cannot help you choose which chiropractor to see, but our list of the most commonly asked questions may be helpful if you are seeking chiropractic treatment.

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The Code

The Code clearly outlines the standards of performance, conduct and ethics that are expected of chiropractors in the UK. Chiropractors must meet these standards in order to join and remain on our register.

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Our guidance is published separately from the Code but should be read alongside it.

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