The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act 1994. It has four main duties:
- 1) To protect the public by establishing and operating a scheme of statutory regulation for chiropractors, similar to the arrangements that cover other healthcare professionals.
- 2) To set the standards of chiropractic education, practice and conduct.
- 3) To ensure the development of the profession of chiropractic, using a model of continuous improvement in practice.
As of 14th June 2001 the law will protect the title of ‘chiropractor’ and it will be a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.