No longer practising as a chiropractor in the UK?

If you are not, or do not intend to practise as a chiropractor in the UK, then you can either:

1. Apply for non practising registration when you retain on the Register

2. Allow your registration to lapse on 15 December

3. Apply for voluntary removal from the Register at any time of the year

Full details of each of the options are listed below.


Allow your registration to lapse

You may allow your registration to lapse at midnight on 14 December. But please note as part of the retention process we are legally obliged to issue both a formal warning notice and a notice of removal from the Register. These will be issued on 30 November and 14 December respectively and will contain legal information about your removal from the Register.

Apply for voluntary removal from the Register

You can only apply for voluntary removal if there are no current fitness to practise proceedings against you.


You may take voluntary removal from the Register at any date up to the end of the registration year (31 December) as long as you apply by 14 December. To do this you will need to fill in the application form and enclosing a statutory declaration witnessed by either a solicitor or a commissioner for oaths, to the effect that you are not aware of any matter which could give rise to an allegation under Section 20 of the Chiropractors Act, 1994. You can complete and print an application and draft statutory declaration [here - word or pdf].

If you take voluntary removal and decide to restore your name to the Register in the future, you will only need to provide a completed CPD summary sheet for the period (in whole months), from the end of the period for which you submitted your CPD summary sheet to the date of your name being removed from the Register.

Please note that we are unable to refund any part of your registration or retention fee to you.

Circumstances when voluntary removal will not be granted

The Registrar may refuse to remove a registrant from the Register in some circumstances, such as where there are disciplinary matters currently being considered. This is because it would not be proper for the Registrar to frustrate the regulatory regime for the investigation and determination of allegations against a registrant.

Indemnity arrangements

Important: with regard to your indemnity arrangements, if you retire from practise, in accordance with Section 6 of the General Chiropractic Council (Indemnity Arrangement) Rules 2015, you are legally required to ensure that you have run-off cover. This means you must make sure you have coverage for the period you were in practice.

If you have any questions please contact Registrations on 020 7713 5155 x5501.


What would you like to do next?

Check the GCC mandatory CPD requirements

Check the GCC (Indemnity Arrangements) Rules 2015