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Osteopathy Regulation & Accreditation

The manual practice of Osteopathy is self-regulated in the province of Nova Scotia – it is not provincially regulated. The “Nova Scotia Association of Osteopathy” (NSAO) was formed in 2006 with the goals of protecting the public by upholding national and international standards of competency in Osteopathy, thus ensuring that the best quality of manual practice osteopathy is provided to the people of Nova Scotia. The NSAO is currently actively working on a submission to the Nova Scotia government to have manual Osteopathy become regulated in Nova Scotia. This process will take a significant amount of planning and time, as well as legislative backing.
Currently, all members of the NSAO must also belong to the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) – that was founded in 1999, by the students and graduates of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques (CEO) and Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO).
 It is important to understand that the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques/Canadian College of Osteopathy is not training physicians or Osteopathic Physicians. 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, these medical practitioners may or may not also have osteopathic manual training.
In Canada the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques/Canadian College of Osteopathy provides an education in Traditional Osteopathic Manual Practice.
Any patient seeking treatment should inquire as to the training of the student or Osteopathic Manual Practitioner that he/she is consulting with. It is important to understand that practitioners from other educational institutions within Canada may not have undergone the same training, or had the same clinical supervision as those who are members of the NSAO. In addition, not all colleges insist upon an original research component, a cornerstone element that the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques feels is crucial to becoming a well-integrated Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.