Consultation outcome

Proposed changes to General Osteopathic Council Constitution

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Detail of outcome

The department has decided to proceed with the proposed amendment. There will be a reduction in:

  • the GOsC’s governing council membership, from 14 to 10 members
  • the council’s quorum (the minimum number of members that must be present to make proceedings valid), from 8 to 6 members

The full report sets out the responses received and explains why these reductions are being made. The General Osteopathic Council (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2015, which allows these changes to be made, was laid before Parliament on 17 November 2015. These changes come into force on 18 December 2015.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the proposed changes to the governance of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

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Consultation description

The proposal aims to reduce the size of the GOsC’s governing council, by making amendments to The General Osteopathic Council (Constitution) Order 2009.

The GOsC is seeking to reduce its board from 14 to 10 members, following steps taken by a number of other councils to gain benefits from having a smaller, more strategic board.

Current GOsC members will be able to reapply to be members of the new GOsC, but their tenure will not automatically be carried across. However, it is proposed that the chair will remain in post to make sure there is continuity of leadership throughout the changes.


Published 31 July 2015
Last updated 17 December 2015 + show all updates
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