Osteopathic Standards (International)

Developing osteopathic education across the world



The ESO has contributed to the development and growth of osteopathic standards around Europe and the wider world.  Our involvement continues through membership of international academic networks such as the Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN) and the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA).



The ESO was a founder member of OsEAN, an academic network composed of like-minded osteopathic educational institutions with a common mission, which may be summarised as follows:

  • To develop a rigorous and standardised model of osteopathic education throughout Europe
  • To provide a common European representation of schools in a time of emerging European standards
  • To foster collaboration and innovation among its member schools in areas including administration, education, research and service
  • To establish and develop common research streams
  • To develop active scientific, academic and professional communication links – essential to the development of osteopathy, both as an independent, clearly identifiable profession, and in its relationship with other professions in the health care sector
  • To achieve academic recognition for osteopathy in all countries
  • To establish high academic teaching standards by making sure that osteopathic lecturers are trained in education

For more information, visit the OSEAN website: www.osean.com


Osteopathic International Alliance

The OIA’s aim is to ensure every person worldwide has access to high-quality osteopathic healthcare.  It encourage systems of education and regulation which will ensure high standards for safe and effective health care from osteopaths and osteopathic physicians.  The OIA’s core values can be summarised as follows:-

  • Uphold the stewardship of osteopathic philosophy and practice
  • Acknowledge and respect both streams of osteopathic healthcare
  • Encourage and support collaboration
  • Uphold transparency and integrity
  • Embrace altruism and person-centeredness
  • Commit to good governance and accountability to ensure organizational sustainability

You can find more information visit the OIA website at www.oialliance.org