Scope of Practice
Ontario College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners reminds all manual osteopaths that communicating a medical diagnosis, reading or taking x-rays and performing high velocity low amplitude spinal and joint manipulations are controlled & authorized acts in Ontario. Manual osteopaths are not permitted to perform spinal or joint manipulation and to render a medical diagnosis in Ontario, Canada. In Ontario, the word "Osteopath" is reserved for American style osteopathic physicians who perform surgery and prescribe medication. Members can continue to use their degrees such as DOMP, FOCORS, MSc (osteopathy) or BSc (osteopathy) on business cards and letterheads but they cannot call themselves osteopaths. Those members who have a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree, are permitted to use the DO degree but must indicate the country it was issued, such as DO (Spain) when practicing in Ontario. Members should call themselves manual osteopaths or osteopathic manual practitioners when practicing in Ontario. Members however are permitted to call what they do osteopathy or osteopathic care as these words are not regulated.
It is mandatory for all members to obtain malpractice insurance in Ontario. OCORS is approved by major malpractice insurance providers in Canada. Holman Insurance is one of them. They have specific malpractice insurance designed exclusively for manual osteopaths. To purchase your malpractice insurance please contact them directly at:
Members are permitted to obtain malpractice insurance from any provider.