• Fee to be paid $200.00
Every application is different and as this is the inaugural registration process the Board reviews every application individually. Put together all accessible documents and submit your application with the registration fee of $500.00 for new members.
After receiving the application form and copies of your diplomas, a letter will be send out indicating your assessment results. We may ask for more information or request a resubmission of the application.
For existing practitioners, we will require education transcripts and diplomas and clinic information.
Osteopathy is a unique and natural medicine for treatment diseases. Osteopathy applies the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology together with palpation methods to find the restricted or constricted areas of the body, and with gentle manipulation ease these restriction and bring back the normal functioning of the organs.
Osteopathy was developed by a known physician A.T. Still, (1822-1917) in 1874. Osteopathy takes into account the body as a complete system and emphasizes on the inter-relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs.
The Ontario Association of Osteopathy requires all members who practice Osteopathy to purchase a professional liability insurance policy.
The Ontario Association of Osteopathy and Natural Medicine (the Association) conducts formal hearings to investigate serious allegations of unprofessional conduct.
Formal hearings are open to the community and the media and notices about forthcoming hearings are published on the website.
Proceedings in such hearings are formal and both the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee and the Osteopathic practitioners are permitted to have legal representation. Witnesses maybe cross-examined. Formal hearing panels must determine if a practitioner has:
• Engaged in unprofessional conduct of a serious nature.
• Engaged in unprofessional conduct, not of a serious nature.
• Not engaged in unprofessional conduct.
If the panel finds that the MP has engaged in unprofessional conduct, the panel on behalf of the Disciplinary Committee can impose the following sanctions:
• Further education.
• Imposition of conditions, limitations or restrictions on registration.
• Imposition of a fine not more than $10,000.
• Suspension of registration for a period.
• Cancellation of registration.
• Refusing registration or renewal of registration .
Appeals against decisions made by formal hearing panels can be taken to the superintendent of committees.
The Ontario Association of Osteopathy (the Association) conducts formal hearings to investigate serious allegations of unprofessional conduct.
Proceedings in such hearings are formal and both the Association and the osteopathic practitioners are permitted to be legally represented. Witnesses may be cross-examined.
The Ontario Association of Osteopathy and Natural Medicine can investigate the professional conduct or fitness to practice of a registered Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, impose sanctions as necessary and issue guidelines in relation to the standards of osteopathic practice. The Association does not act for a complainant in respect of compensation, or make request of an apology or otherwise. The Association will consider and determine complaints in accordance with the Code of Ethics and administrative fairness.
The Association cannot deal with complaints concerning practitioner’s fees and charges unless the conduct involves fraud or dishonesty or is so grossly excessive as to constitute unprofessional conduct.
Although it is recognized that under privacy legislation individuals have a right to interact with the Association anonymously, the Association highly recommends that complaints be put in writing. It is difficult to deal with anonymous complaints or complaints where the person making the report is not prepared to lodge a formal complaint. The written complaint clarifies issues and is an important piece of evidence required for effective investigation. A record of all telephone calls is noted.
All reasonable effort is made to ensure that the process is as straight-forward as possible. Complaints are referred directly to the Registrar. A written and signed complaint will be requested. This may be a letter or a statement. The Registrar will request that you also complete a “Complaint Notice”.
The Registrar will usually write to the complainant to confirm receiving the complaint and, if necessary, clarify details.
As a matter of process the practitioner against whom a complaint is being made is usually provided with a copy of the complaint and asked to respond.
Once a person has lodged a complaint with the panel, they shall become a witness for the panel, should the matter proceed to a hearing.
The whole of this process is likely to take a minimum of 3 months. The complaint review, investigation, and hearing may take an extended period of time depending on the level of evidence required and the complexity of the case.
After an investigation the panel may decide one of the following:
• That the matter will not precede any further.
• That an informal hearing will be held.
• That a formal hearing will be held.
The complainant is informed of the outcome. If a hearing is to be conducted the complainant may be requested to attend and provide evidence.
The Association meets its own costs of investigations and hearings. Practitioners must meet their own costs.