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Restore your registration

Please note: If you have not been registered for 2 or more years, you are expected to complete the Return to Practice in the UK programme before applying for restoration to the register.

The process for rejoining the register will depend on the reason you were removed from the register:

  • registration lapsed or voluntarily removal from the register
  • removed following a hearing of the professional conduct committee (PCC)
  • removed from the register on instruction from the General Council under Section 10 of the Act.

IMPORTANT: While we process applications as soon as possible, it may take up to TWO WEEKS from receipt of your application.

You can restore your name to the register if:

  • your registration lapsed
  • you did not submit your CPD summary or it was not accepted, or
  • you took voluntary removal from the register.

How to restore your name to the register

It is an offence to practise as a chiropractor in the UK without General Chiropractic Council registration. We strongly recommend not booking any patients until you have received confirmation from us that your name has been restored to the register. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR APPLICATION TO US BUT EMAIL IT TO in pdf format only. 

Please note we are unable to accept documents saved as Apple pages documents (.pages).


You may apply for restoration to the register at any time by following these steps:

  1. Complete the application form.

  2. Complete a CPD record summary for any period you were on the RegisterThis must be typed and not hand-written and submitted as one WORD document only.

  3. If you were removed from the register as you failed to complete your CPD, you will also need to provide evidence of CPD completed since you were last registered, up to a total of 150 hours, details can be found here.

  4. Provide a copy of your passport certified by someone of professional standing and state 'I confirm this to be a true and accurate copy of the original passport as seen by me'

    We define professional standing as either someone belonging to a regulated profession, where the integrity of the referee can be verified as far as is possible, or someone in good standing within the community. This includes other health professionals, as well as those who have a standing by virtue of the office they hold, for example a religious official.

    The following are some examples of who we accept references from, but it is not a definitive list: registered chiropractor, other registered healthcare professional, company director, where the company it registered with companies house, teacher or lecturer, accountant, bank manager, solicitor

  5. If you wish to practise as a chiropractor in the UK, you will need to provide evidence of your professional indemnity (insurance) arrangements before we restore your name

  6. Send us the restoration fee.

CPD requirement

If you have not already done so, you must fill in a CPD summary sheet for the period of the last CPD year that you were registered. For example, if you were removed from the register on 31 December 2018, you must have completed CPD for the four months from the 1 September to 31 December 2018.

CPD is calculated at a rate of 2.5 hours per month, 1.25 hours must include learning with others.

If you were removed from the register for failing to complete your CPD or submit a summary you will need to provide evidence of CPD from the end of the last CPD year you were required to send a CPD summary sheet.

In the above example this would be from 1 September 2018 to the date you apply for restoration to the register. There is a maximum amount of 5 years of CPD, or 150 hours in total, 75 of which must include learning with others. Details of what is acceptable as evidence of your CPD can be found here.

If you took voluntary removal from the register or your registration lapsed, you will need to fill in a CPD summary sheet only to cover the period that you were registered. You will not be expected to complete CPD for the period of time that you were not on the register. You need include full months only.

Is there anything else I need to send?

Sometimes registrants may also need to send us:

A Certificate of Current Professional Status/ Certificate of Good Standing  if you have practised outside the UK in a jurisdiction that regulates chiropractors, e.g., Australia, Canada, US

A Certificate of Good Standing is a document issued by a body that has a regulatory role, like the General Chiropractic Council, AHPRA or US chiropractic boards. It should include details of your registration or licensure, as well as confirmation of your disciplinary history.  You will need to provide one if you work in a regulated profession, whether chiropractic or not, in the UK or overseas or have done so in the past. There is no time limit on when you worked in a regulated profession, so you should consider it to mean for the whole of your working life to date.

It’s very rare that someone isn’t able to provide a Certificate of Good Standing or Current Professional Status. If this is the case then you will need to provide documentary evidence to show that you have attempted to obtain one, and we would normally expect to see an official response to confirm that it isn’t possible to obtain a certificate. While we understand that in certain circumstances it can take some time to acquire certificates, we will not accept this as a reason for not progressing to registration without it.

police record check if you have received a criminal conviction or caution in any country since you applied to retain on the register

medical report if you have had a health issue during the time you have not been registered

Certified copies of any documentation of change of name if you wish to practise under a name that is different to your current registered name.

How long will the be restored to the Register?

Please allow 10 days for us to process your application. If you are sending us a self-assessment questionnaire, please allow a further 7 days for us to reply to you.

How long will my registration last once I have been restored?

As with all registrations you will need to retain on the register by 30 November every year if you are restored before 10 November. If you are restored after 10 November you are not expected to pay the following years retention fee.

If you were removed from the register by a hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee, contact the registrations team. Only the professional conduct committee can instruct the Registrar to restore your name to the Register. This can only happen if 10 or more months have elapsed since your removal. If this applies to you, please contact the registrations team.

If the General Council instructed the Registrar to remove your name from the Register under Section 10 of the Chiropractors Act, 1994, you will not be eligible for restoration to the register and will need to make a fresh application for initial registration. Please check your eligibility here.


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