to Practice Manual Osteopathy

International Osteopathic Association

Osteopaths; who have a certificate of registration issued by International Osteopathic Association (IOA) are permitted to provide European style manual osteopathic treatments and call themselves osteopaths in most countries including:

Mexico, European countries (including Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Czech Republic, Malta, & Netherlands) , all Caribbean countries (including Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, US Virgin Island, & St Martin), all Latin American countries (including Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, Costa Rica & Panama), China (including Hong Kong), India, Iran (all provinces including Guilan), Japan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Botswana, Swaziland, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, & Fiji. Those members practicing in Canada should not call themselves osteopaths as the term is reserved for American style osteopathic physicians who perform surgery and prescribe medications. IOA members can practice in all Canadian provinces including Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta & Nova Scotia as manual osteopaths or osteopathic manual practitioners.

IOA members can practice manual osteopathic techniques on their patients in USA (all states), Australia (all provinces), UK, New Zealand, and South Africa but in these countries they cannot call themselves osteopaths. However they can still provide osteopathic techniques only as manual therapists. IOA members in these countries must make sure that they do not represent themselves as osteopaths or what they practice as osteopathy.

IOA reminds all osteopaths that communicating a diagnosis and performing spinal and joint manipulations are controlled & authorized acts in some countries. European style osteopaths are not permitted to perform spinal or joint manipulation and to render a medical diagnosis in Canada and USA (only American style osteopaths are permitted to do so).

It is mandatory for all IOA members to obtain malpractice insurance in Canada. IOA is approved by major malpractice insurance providers in Canada. Holman Insurance has specific malpractice insurance designed exclusively for manual osteopaths. To purchase your malpractice insurance please contact them directly at: IOA strongly recommends to members in all countries to purchase errors & omission insurance to protect themselves and their patients from accidents.

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The International Osteopathic Association (IOA), based in North York, Ontario, Canada, is an international professional association that promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care in manual osteopathy, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of manual osteopathy patients. On behalf of its members, IOA lobbies for pro-osteopathy legislation and policies, promotes a positive public image of manual osteopathy, supports research, and offers leadership for the advancement of the manual osteopathy profession. IOA issues international certificates of registration to manual osteopaths who are graduated from accredited manual osteopathy educational programs and who have successfully passed licensing exams. Manual osteopaths registered with IOA adhere to the code of ethics and professional guidelines set up by IOA.