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Osteopathy Regulation & Accreditation

The regulation of Osteopathy in the province of Manitoba is complicated by several factors. To be clear the Canadian College of Osteopathy is not traning physicians or physician Osteopaths.
 
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 an education in Traditional Osteopathic Manual Practice.
 
Although, some legislation in Canada recognizes Osteopathic Physicians, the manual practice of Osteopathy is not regulated in Manitoba. Fortunately there is an organization – the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) – that was founded in 1999, by the students and graduates of the CCO. The OAO is actively working on a submission to the Ontario government to have manual Osteopathy become regulated in Ontario. This process will take a significant amount of planning and time. In the near future the Manitoba student will have a provincial association, in the meantime they are members of the Ontario Association.
 
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 that he is consulting with. 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 feels is crucial to becoming a well-integrated Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.