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About the General Chiropractic Council

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is the UK regulator for the chiropractic profession. Our role and operation are very much the same as the General Medical Council is for doctors, General Dental Council is for dentists and the General Pharmaceutical Council is for pharmacists. We are the smallest of the UK's nine health and social care regulators. 

Our purpose is to protect the health and safety of the public and to develop the chiropractic profession. We do this by setting the highest standards in a Code of Practice for chiropractors, investigating if these standards are not met, and when found to be unfit to practise, removing a chiropractor from our Register.  We work collaboratively with our registered chiropractors, professional associations, educational institutions and other stakeholders to ensure our standards remain fit for purpose and in line with current regulatory practice.

Finally, the title of ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law. It is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as a chiropractor without being GCC registered.


How can we help?

Below are five informative sections to help you choose a chiropractor, prepare for your first visit, get the most from your ongoing care, and some frequently asked questions. We have also created an informative guide and checklist with questions that you may wish to ask your chiropractor.


  GCC Patient Guide

 GCC Patient Checklist

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Choosing a chiropractor

An overview of chiropractic and what you should 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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Getting the most from your ongoing care

What will happen following your consent to the plan of care

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Frequently Asked Questions

To help you, we have answered some of the more frequently asked questions that the GCC receives from the public. However, if there are any questions that you may still have, please contact us

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How the GCC helps to ensure quality care

Find out more about the General Chiropractic Council and our role in regulating the profession

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