Osteopathy Regulation & Accreditation
The regulation of Osteopathy in the province of Ontario is complicated by several factors. The main complication is due to the recognition of the title Osteopathic Physician by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Osteopathic Physicians are those individuals who have trained in the United States and who hold a medical degree from a college approved by the American Osteopathic Association. In addition to being licensed physicians, they also have osteopathic manual training. In Canada, the Canadian College of Osteopathy provides education in Traditional Osteopathic Manual Practice.
Although, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario recognizes Osteopathic Physicians, the manual practice of Osteopathy is not regulated in Ontario. However, the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)—an organization founded in 1999 by students and graduates of the CCO—is developing a submission to the Ontario government to have manual Osteopathy become regulated in the province. This process will take a significant amount of planning and time.
The inquiring patient is cautioned that OAO does accept, as equivalent members, students from other Ontario-based osteopathic colleges and/or Osteopaths who have been trained in other countries.
Any patient seeking treatment should inquire as to the training of the student or Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with which he or she is consulting. It is important to understand that practitioners from other institutions may not have undergone the same training, or had the same clinical supervision, as those attending the CCO. In addition, not all colleges insist upon a research component—a cornerstone element that the CCO believes is crucial to becoming a well-integrated Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.