The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) was set up under the Chiropractors Act 1994. As a statutory body - set up by law - the GCC has three main duties:

  1. Protecting the public by regulating chiropractors
  2. Setting the standards of chiropractic education, conduct and practice
  3. Ensuring the development of the profession

Anybody who calls themselves a chiropractor in the UK must be registered with the GCC, otherwise they are committing a criminal offence.

To register as a chiropractor, an individual has to satisfy the educational requirements for registration and show they are of good health and character

Once an individual is registered as a chiropractor; they must:

  • Act in accordance with the Code of Practice and Standard of Proficiency
  • Maintain and update their knowledge and skills by undertaking Continuing Professional Development every year

To check if a chiropractor is registered you can look on the GCC website at and search for a chiropractor by name or location.