Chiropractic and the Law
Chiropractic is governed by statute
Chiropractic is governed by statute. This means that in order for a practitioner to use the title ‘Chiropractor’ they have to abide by rules dictated by UK law.
The Statutory regulation of chiropractors works in the same way as regulation for conventional medical doctors.
This means it is illegal to practise as a chiropractor or call yourself a chiropractor unless you are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
The GCC only accepts registration from practitioners who have specific qualifications in chiropractic and who agree to comply with the GCC’s Code of Practice.
Chiropractors Code of Practice
The GCC has developed a Code of Practice which says that treatment provided by chiropractors should:
- respect patients’ dignity, individuality and privacy
- respect patients’ rights to be involved in decisions about their treatment and healthcare
- justify public trust and confidence by being honest and trustworthy
- provide a good standard of practice and care
- protect patients and colleagues from risk of harm
- cooperate with colleagues from their own and other professions
In short, this means that you will receive the highest level of medical care from professional, highly trained and regulated practitioners.
Our Governing Bodies
General Chiropractic Council
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates all chiropractors in the UK to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment.
The GCC is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. They protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession. All of the chiropractors working here at Riviera Wellbeing in Paignton are registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
Below is a link to the GCC website where there is a host of information about chiropractic and what chiropractors can do.
British Chiropractic Association
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK. It was founded in 1925 and has a membership comprising over 50% of the UK’s registered chiropractors. The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally-recognised college of chiropractic education, after a minimum of four years full-time training and ensures its chiropractors maintain high standards of conduct, practice, education and training.
The BCA was a founder member of the European Chiropractors Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic. All BCA members are covered by a high quality professional indemnity insurance and the Association operates a robust professional standards and complaints management process.
All chiropractors at Riviera Wellbeing, Paignton are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, and are members of the British Chiropractic Association.
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