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Before you apply

This section includes information that is relevant for all applicants wishing to apply to the GCC register.  You should read this page before moving forward to the route of registration page that is relevant to you.

UK qualified applicants

International qualified applicants

Transfer from non-practising to practising registration

Rejoining the Register

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Ensuring the information you provide is true and your evidence is genuine

Because our primary role is to protect the public, we need to carry out a number of checks on your application and the evidence and information you send to us.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the information you provide to us as part of the registration process is true and the evidence you submit is genuine, whether you submit it yourself or through a third party.

In particular:

  • Your evidence must be objective. This means it is issued by a third party, based on facts and not influenced by a relationship to you, other than professional or educational relationships. This is why we ask that your reference and medical report is not written by a patient, relative or employee
     
  • The evidence you send to us must be verifiable so we can check it is genuine. For this reason documents, other than the copy of your passport and evidence of insurance, must either:
  • be completed online by the referee, GP etc
  • be emailed to registrations@gcc-uk.org from the originators verifiable business email account, i.e., not hotmail, yahoo, msn etc; or, if that isn't possible
  • pass the original paper document to someone of professional standing and ask them to send a copy to registrations@gcc-uk.org from their verifiable business email account, i.e., not hotmail, yahoo, msn etc, and confirming it to be a true and accurate copy of the originally sighted document.
     
  • Evidence you provide in isolation or in combination with other evidence and information must clearly demonstrate that you meet the requirements for registration
     
  • We may refuse your application for registration if:
    - you cannot provide evidence
    - your evidence does not clearly show you are of good character
    - your evidence does not clearly show you are physically and mentally fit
    - you do not meet the requirements for registration
    - you do not provide complete and truthful information
     
  • If you have special or unusual circumstances we may ask you to provide some additional information or documents to support your application
     
  • The application form includes a declaration that you must sign, to confirm you have answered the application form correctly. If it later comes to light that you have not been truthful with your application, the General Council may instruct the Registrar to remove your name from the register.

Your health

The GCC has a legal duty to ensure applicants are both physically and mentally fit before registration can be granted.  Anyone wishing to register as a chiropractor must be in good physical and mental health. To ensure that this is the case, the GCC asks all applicants to provide a medical report from their General Practitioner (GP) or Medical Director (MD) along with their application.

The GCC recommends you provide this medical report form for your GP or MD to complete. The form contains information and guidance for your GP or MD as well as a consent form. The consent form  can also be downloaded here.

Frequently asked questions

Who can provide a medical report?

Your medical report can only be provided by a GP or MD who is registered with the General Medical Council or an equivalent overseas regulatory body. The report cannot be provided by anyone who is related to you by either birth or marriage.

What is the medical report based on?

The medical practitioner must base the report on a review of the last four years’ of your medical records. If they do not have access to records covering that time period, they must conduct an examination. Our rules do not specify what examination they must perform, but their report must confirm you are both physically and mentally fit.

What does the report have to contain?

The report must include the following: 

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • The date the medical records that are used to prepare the report began
  • Confirm you are physically and mentally fit
  • If you have any physical or mental health problems and, if so, how these are being managed
  • If you have had any physical or mental problems in the past that may recur
  • Any other past medical history that the doctor feels is significant or appropriate for us to know about
  • The date the report was written
  • The GP’s signature (medical reports with signatories other than a GP/ MD will be rejected).

Who pays for the report?

Any costs incurred in providing the report must be met by you.

I have existing or past health conditions – will they prevent me from becoming a chiropractor?

Having a health condition is not in itself a reason for refusal of registration.

If we are satisfied that you are successfully managing a health condition by taking steps which will avoid any risk to patients and will ensure that you have the ability to perform your job safely, your application is unlikely to be turned down on medical grounds.

Therefore, if you have existing or pre-existing medical conditions, it is in your interests to provide us with as much information about your condition and how you are managing it as possible to allow us to make an accurate decision on your application.

What if my doctor is reluctant to make information available to you?  

We provide a consent form allowing your doctor to divulge information to us that you can find here. We treat all matters relating to your health in the strictest confidence.

Police cautions and criminal convictions

You must inform us if you have a police charge, caution or conviction that is not a protected caution or protected conviction. This applies to applicants for either initial registration or restoration to the register.

If you are a current registrant and need to inform us of a conviction or caution please find out what steps you need to take here.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to declare when I apply for registration?

If you are applying for initial registration then you must tell us of any convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings that are not protected.

You do not need to declare fixed penalty fines for traffic offences unless they led to a disqualification.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply to an application for registration to the register. This means that you must declare to us any convictions or police cautions that you have received, even if they are ‘spent’ under that Act, other than a protected caution or protected conviction (see question below). Failure to do so may result in a referral to fitness to practise which could lead to you being removed from the register

Further guidance on listed offences is provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

What are protected cautions and convictions?

A protected caution is protected from disclosure six years after it was accepted. If the offender was under 18 when the caution was accepted then that period is reduced to two years.

A protected conviction is protected from disclosure after 11 years. If the offender was under 18 when convicted then that period is reduced to five and a half years.

In either case a conviction will only be protected if the offender received a non-custodial sentence and has no other convictions.

A caution or conviction will NOT be protected if it is for a ‘listed offence’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Listed offences include serious violent and sexual offences, and offences which are of specific relevance to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. A caution or conviction for a listed offence must always be disclosed to us.

You can find further information on the Unlock website.

What will happen if I tell you about an offence?

We consider having a caution, conviction, reprimand or warning as serious. However, it does not automatically preclude you from registration with the General Chiropractic Council.

We look at all applications on an individual basis. You are encouraged to provide as much information and documentation relating to the offence as possible. The Registrar will take this into account at the time the decision is made on whether or not you are considered of good character. The Registrar will also consider your own account of the circumstances that led to the offence, including any mitigating circumstances there may have been, so please provide a supporting statement with your application.

If you have committed an offence where alcohol or drugs are involved, the Registrar will ask you to attend a health assessment with a consultant psychiatrist. 

What happens if my application is refused?

If the Registrar decides to refuse your application, you will be informed of the process for appealing the decision through the Registration Appeals Committee. Our appeals process can be found here.

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Conduct and Ethics

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

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Privacy Policy

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Terms of Use

Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern’s relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website.

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The Code

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

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Studying to become a chiropractor

Find out about how and where you can study to become a chiropractor

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Join the Register

This section gives a brief overview of the chiropractic register. It also gives prospective applicants for registration the information they need to apply.

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Applications

Find out how to apply to join the register

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Fees

Information on fees for registering or rejoining the GCC register

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Test of Competence

Please note all interviews are held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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Registration Appeals

This section covers appeals against the decision of the Registrar

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Programme quality assurance

Find out how we assure the quality of undergraduate chiropractic education and training

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Information for Education Providers

This page provides information for current and future education providers.

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Make a Complaint

This section provides information on how to complain about a chiropractor

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Complain about a Registered Chiropractor

Complete the form to complain about a registered chiropractor.

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Complain about someone describing themselves as a Chiropractor

Find out how to complain about someone who is describing themselves as a chiropractor

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The Investigation Process

This section explains what happens once you have made a complaint and describes our investigation process in more detail.

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Hearings

This section provides more information about formal hearings of the Professional Conduct and Health Committees.

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Upcoming Hearings

Any upcoming hearings will be published here 28 days in advance of the hearing date.

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Recent Decisions

Recent decisions from hearings are published here.

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Changing Status

This section outlines what you need to do if you wish to change your registration status or leave the register.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Maintaining and enhancing professionalism in chiropractic

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Retention

Find out how to complete your retention and remain on the register

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The reduced (non-practising) registration fee

Find out about non-practising registration and the reduced fee

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You wish to leave the register

Find out how to leave the register

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Certificates of Good Standing/ Current 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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Insurance and Indemnity Arrangements

Find out about your required insurance and indemnity arrangements

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Registrant Resource Centre

Welcome to the GCC Registrant Resource Centre. Below is a range of information and guidance options to help you remain GCC Code compliant and assist you in your professional activities.

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Tell us if you have been arrested or have a conviction etc

Information for current registrants on how to notify us of a criminal offence

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What We Do

The General Chiropractic Council regulates chiropractors in the UK, Isle of Man and Gibraltar to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment.

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Our Purpose and Strategic Aims

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Legislation

This section includes links to the legislation that governs the regulation of chiropractors in the UK and how we operate

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How We Work

In this section you can find more about how we work, including information about our structure, governance and how we remain accountable. We also outline how patients and partners can support our work

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Council

The Council is responsible for setting Council strategy, monitoring performance and ensuring its statutory duties are met.

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Committees

The GCC has four statutory committees which support the work of the Council. Statutory committees are operationally separate from the Council in order to ensure their decision-making is independent.

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Our Team

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Partners

Our partners range from patients and members of the public to qualified legal experts and chiropractors

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Opportunities

Find out about opportunities to work with the GCC

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Accountability

We are committed to operating in a collaborative, open and transparent manner. This section of the website covers some of the essential information, processes and mechanisms that help to demonstrate our accountability as a regulator

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Policies

This section includes documents summarising the internal procedures and protocols that we use.

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Chiropractor Login

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Accessibility Statement

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New Registrants

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International Activities

We participate in a wide range of international activities that contribute to our work and supports the development of chiropractic regulation more widely

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Council Members

Read about our Council members here.

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Patient and Public Involvement

This section includes information and opportunities for chiropractic patients with an interest in supporting the work of the General Chiropractic Council

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Consultations

Here we consult on a variety of issues that relate to our work

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Procurement

Find out about our procurement processes

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FOI

Find out about our Freedom of Information processes

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Reports

We publish a variety of reports about various areas of the organisation

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Newsletters

We regularly publish a newsletter that provides information on our activities. The latest editions can be found below.

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Our Research

In order to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession, we need to listen to and understand the views of patients, the public and registrants. We draw upon these views to make policy and decisions based on the best available evidence.

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Archived documents

Past publications and information

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Education Standards

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UK applicants

This page is for the applicants who have achieved a qualification recognised for registration following attendance at an approved course.

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International applicants

Applications must be completed online once the Test of Competence has been successfully completed. Check below against each document to see the requirements.

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Re-joining the register

If you have been registered with the GCC in the past and you wish to practise as a chiropractor in the UK again, you may be eligible to restore your name to the register.

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Approval of new programmes

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Approval reports

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Annual Monitoring

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Complaints about programmes

We have a clear policy and procedure for handling complaints about approved chiropractic programmes

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Transfer from non-practising to practising registration

This section is for chiropractors who are currently registered as non-practising, but who wish to transfer to practising registration. Please email your complete application to us. Any documents that are being provided by a third party should be emailed to us direct from that third party.

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Information for Witnesses

If you are are due to give evidence at a hearing you can find out information here.

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Choosing a chiropractor

Here you will find an overview of chiropractic treatment and what you may wish to consider when choosing a chiropractor

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Your first visit

What to expect on your first visit to a chiropractor for your initial assessment

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Governance

Find out information about how we are structured and managed

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Joint Statements

Below are our joint statements developed with other healthcare regulators, as well as guidance on important legislation.

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Guidance for students

Information and guidance for students studying chiropractic

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Raising a Concern about a Fellow Chiropractor

This section provides information for chiropractors and other health professionals, including fellow chiropractors, who have concerns about a chiropractor.

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Human Sitemap

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Changes to your registration details

Our rules require that we publish your full name, registered address and whether you are female or male.

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Further Resources

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Feedback (Complainants)

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Feedback (Registrants)

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Website feedback

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Blogs & Articles

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Cyber security

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Collaboration

A collaborative approach can lead to better coordination of patient care and more effective communication between health professionals.

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Beth Rydym yn Ei Wneud

Mae'r Cyngor Ceiropracteg Cyffredinol yn rheoleiddio ceiropractyddion yn y DU, Ynys Manaw a Gibraltar i sicrhau diogelwch cleifion sy'n cael triniaeth ceiropracteg.

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Ein Pwrpas a’n Nodau Strategol

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Cwyno am Ceiropractydd Cofrestredig

Llenwch y ffurflen i gwyno am geiropractydd cofrestredig.

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Gwrandawiadau

Mae'r adran hon yn darparu mwy o wybodaeth am wrandawiadau ffurfiol y Pwyllgorau Ymddygiad Proffesiynol ac Iechyd.

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Gwybodaeth i Dystion

Os ydych i fod i roi tystiolaeth mewn gwrandawiad gallwch ddarganfod gwybodaeth yma.

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Cwyno am y GCC a rhoi adborth

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Registration for Swiss Nationals and their Spouses

For up to 2 years from 1 January 2021 an individual’s eligibility for having their healthcare qualification recognised under this process by a UK regulator does not depend upon their nationality or country of residence. Swiss nationals, as well as UK nationals established in Switzerland or who have Swiss qualifications (and family members of either who have EU enforceable rights) can apply for recognition in the UK under the 2007 Regulations (as in force before 1 January 2021 subject to modifications made by the 2019 Regulations) up until 1 January 2025.

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Your Registration

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Manage your registration

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Fitness to Practise advice for registrants

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Communicating with Patients

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Complain about the GCC and provide feedback

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Whistleblowing

This page has been designed to enable you to raise a concern that meets the criteria for whistleblowing.

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GCC Consultations

Welcome to the GCC consultation portal.

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Fitness to Practise

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Covid-19

A dedicated page with information and advice

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Ionising radiation and the use of X rays

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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FOI-EDI

Freedom of Information: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Guidance and Toolkits

Guidance and toolkits help registrants remain GCC Code-compliant in their professional activities.

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