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Non-practising is a rate of registration fee set out only in the fee schedule of the registration rules. It is not a distinct category of registration, nor is it a separate register.

The only distinction between practising and non-practising registration is that those registrants not intending to practise as chiropractors within the UK for an entire registration year (1 January to 31 December), may pay a reduced fee of £100.

If you are intending to apply for non-practising registration please ensure you comply with the Code and our guidance documents, particularly in relation to advertising to the public.

 


What is non-practising registration?

Non-practising is a rate of registration fee set out only in the fee schedule of the registration rules. It is not a distinct category of registration, nor is it a separate register.

The only distinction between practising and non-practising registration is that those registrants not intending to practise as chiropractors within the UK for an entire registration year (1 January to 31 December), may pay a reduced fee of £100.

If you are intending to apply for non-practising registration, please ensure you comply with the Code and our guidance documents, particularly in relation to advertising to the public.

Who should opt for the non-practising rate?

The non-practising rate of registration is for chiropractors who do not intend practising in the UK for short periods of time (less than 2 years), due to, for example:

  • a period of illness
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • full time education
  • a sabbatical.

When is it not appropriate to pay the non-practising rate?

Anyone intending to work as a chiropractor in the UK at all during a registration year must apply for practising registration, as they will not meet the legal requirement allowing them to pay the non-practising rate.

Where a registrant is not intending to practise in the UK in the future, for example as they have retired or reside permanently overseas, we advise allowing registration to lapse or taking voluntary removal.

Our primary role is to protect patients, but this is only necessary where there is a risk. Chiropractors not working in the UK do not pose a risk to patients so there is no need for them to remain registered with us.

It is also important to note that having chiropractors on the register who are not actively working in the UK in the long-term is confusing for both patients and the wider public.

Does lapsed registration or taking voluntary removal have any disadvantages?

No.  Allowing your registration to lapse or taking voluntary removal from the register will not disadvantage you in any way should you wish to return to practise in the UK in the future. If your circumstances change, restoration to the register is similar to transferring from non-practising to practising registration.

Does the register show registration status?

Yes.  We annotate the register to indicate to the public and patients which registrants are paying the lower rate and therefore not practising in the UK. These details are also published on the website on the register.

Do you check the reasons for paying the non-practising fee?

We reserve the right to require a registrant who has paid the non-practising fee to provide evidence to verify the reasons of their non-practising status.

We may also actively check that those applying for non-practising registration are not in practice as chiropractors in the UK. If they are found to be doing so, they will be referred for investigation.

Any registrants who continue to retain year after year as non-practising will also be checked, as this is of no benefit to patients or themselves.

Working outside mainland UK

  • Channel Islands: Our legislation does not cover the Channel Islands as they have their own legislature. Registrants practising in any of the Channel Islands and who wish to register with the General Chiropractic Council may take non-practising registration. This is because the rules specify that only those working within our jurisdiction must register as practising.
  • The Isle of Man and Gibraltar: We have has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both governments requiring chiropractors in those jurisdictions to register with us as practising chiropractors.

Working in education

If you are working at one of the UK institutions offering chiropractic courses and are considering applying for non-practising registration, you are required to pay the full practising fee.

Transferring to Practising Registration

This section is for chiropractors who are currently registered as non-practising, but who wish to transfer to practising registration.

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Leaving the Register

Find out how to leave the register

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Certificates of Professional Status

This page is for registrants and sets out the difference between a certificate of current professional status (CCPS) and a certificate of registration status (CRS), to help registrants request the correct document for their needs.

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