On Thursday 29/09/16, the European Federation of Osteopaths (EFO; www.efo.eu), and the Forum of Osteopathic regulation in Europe (FORE; www.forewards.eu) formally launched a recently developed CEN standard for osteopathic education and practice across Europe (EN 16686) at the European Parliament.
The event was hosted by MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere from EPP, and attended by many influential figures from the world of osteopathy as well as guests such as Belgian Olympic silver medal winning hockey captain John John Dohman, who also happens to be a final year osteopathic student at ULB. The event was supported by literature on “The European Standard on osteopathy” and “What to expect from your osteopath” in various European languages.
The standard was developed as a joint project by the EFO and FORE and was adopted with 18 countries in favour, and 14 abstentions.
Currently the Osteopathic profession is only regulated in a limited number of countries ( Finland, France, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Switzerland and the UK). This CEN standard will allow the osteopathic profession to lobbyin the member states to legally recognise the profession of osteopathy leading to the futureaccreditation of training institutes for osteopathy, and raising the current CEN standard.
With osteopathic research previously limited, James Booth, a Consultant Osteopath at the Centre for Spinal Surgery at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, UK, presented his soon to be published data.
James Booth and the osteopathic team at the QMC spinal unit are involved in pioneering research to help understand the effects of osteopathic treatment for patients with chronic and complex spinal pain. For the past 5 years, they have been collecting data on the outcomes of treatment for all of the patients seen in their clinics. Analysis of this data has shown that osteopathic treatment is very safe, and both clinically and financially effective in what is a growing yet challenging area of healthcare provision. This research is helping both them, and the wider osteopathicprofession to provide the most effective and appropriate care to patients suffering with chronic back and neck pain.