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As part of its statutory commitment to develop the profession, the GCC has created a series of Code-compliant guidance documents and toolkits to advise and assist registrants on a number of professional activities, some of which have caused Fitness to Practice complaints and investigations in the past.

GCC Guidance documents provide the registrant with GCC Code-based policy and best practice on a variety of subject areas.

GCC Toolkits are 'how-to' guides which, although Code compliant, aim to provide more top-line and helpful advice and guidance on a particular subject.

Joint Statements are developed in conjunction with other health and social care regulators and cover multi-discipline subjects.

In some cases, such as with advertising, both guidance and an accompanying toolkit will be created.

If you have any suggestions on toolkits that you believe would be useful to the chiropractic community, or feedback on the existing guidance and toolkits, please email.


Candour Guidance (April 2016)

Joint Statement

Duty of Candour (2014)

Our Duty of Candour joint statement explains the expectation that all health and social care professionals should act openly and honestly with their patients in the event things go wrong (a duty of candour). Duty of candour is an implied requirement of the GCC Code

Joint Statement

Conflicts of Interest Guidance (May 2017)

The Conflicts of Interest joint statement sets out the expectations of how healthcare professionals should act in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing actual or potential conflicts of interest across all health and social care settings. It supports the GCC Code.

This joint statement has been agreed by all nine regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.

You may also wish to review this illustrative scenario of a conflict of interest and how it might be managed.

Other illustrative scenarios from different regulators:

General Osteopathic Council: Making referrals to a colleague

General Medical Council: Disclosure

General Medical Council/General Pharmaceutical Council/Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland: Prescription direction

Health and Care Professions Council: NHS and private treatment

Government Guidance

FMG mandatory reporting in healthcare 

A mandatory duty to report female genital mutilation (FGM) cases to the police came into effect in England and Wales on 31 October 2015. It applies to all registered healthcare professionals, including chiropractors. 

All chiropractors should familiarise themselves with the government’s guidance and resources. Under the legislation, failure to comply with the duty may result in a Fitness to Practise investigation.

The duty applies:

  • where a chiropractor, in the course of their work, is informed directly by a girl that an act of FGM has been carried out on her
  • where a chiropractor observes physical signs which appear to show an act of FGM has been carried out and has no reason to believe that the act was necessary for the girl’s physical or mental health or for purposes connected with labour or birth
  • to girls who are under 18 at the time that FGM is observed or disclosed. It does not apply if the health professional only suspects that FGM may have been carried out.

While the duty is limited to the specific circumstances described above, chiropractors should consider their wider safeguarding responsibilities in line with the standards outlined in the GCC Code.

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Although the duty does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland, chiropractors should still follow local safeguarding procedures.

Scottish legislation is outlined here.

Information for those based in Northern Ireland is available here.

Joint Statement

Reflective Practice

The Reflective Practice joint statement has been agreed by all nine regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.

There are many benefits to becoming a reflective practitioner. This statement sets out our common expectations for health and social care professionals.

Being a reflective practitioner benefits people using health and social care services by:

  • Supporting individual professionals in multi-disciplinary team work
  • Fostering improvements in practice and services
  • Assuring the public that health and social care professionals are continuously learning and seeking to improve.

As well as expecting the people we regulate to be reflective practitioners, we also have a duty to consider our own actions, and their effect. We are committed to improving how we provide assurance and protection to the public. We do this continuously in our work, through evaluation, to reflect and make changes in what we do and how we work.

This statement reflects the principles set out in each regulator’s individual code of practice, professional standards or guidance on reflective practice.


Social Media Guidance (April 2016)


Coming soon (December 2021)


Coming soon (December 2021)

The Code

The Code 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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Quality Standards and Guidelines

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I’m Registered logo

The GCC 'I'm Registered' logo is for registrants' use only.

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Diagnostic Imaging

Radiographic imaging (X-ray) is part of the suite of diagnostic procedures used by chiropractors, either in a chiropractic clinic or through referral.

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Using your Registered Name, Number and the title ‘Dr’

This section provides guidance about using your registered name, registration number and the title ‘Dr’

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Use of ‘Chiropractic’ in a Company Name

Find out how to get a letter of authorisation from us before registering your company name

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