Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the OIA and why was it created?
  2. What is the mission and vision of the OIA?
  3. What are the goals of the OIA?
  4. What is Osteopathy/Osteopathic Medicine?
  5. Does the OIA support both streams (osteopath and osteopathic physician) of the osteopathic profession?
  6. Who are the current member organisations of the OIA?
  7. Who can join the OIA?
  8. What are the different levels of membership within the OIA?
  9. How does an organisation become a member of the OIA?
  10. What does the OIA have to offer an organisation that is working to develop the osteopathic profession within their country?
  11. Why should I as an individual osteopath or osteopathic physician be concerned about being part of a global profession? What’s in it for me?
  12. As an individual, how can I get involved?
  13. What are the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy?
  14. What are the OIA Global Osteopathic Reports?
  15. How would a person or organisation utilize the OIA Global Osteopathic Reports?
  16. Are there any documents that outline osteopathic competencies and capabilities?
  17. What are some current statutory systems governing the practice of the osteopathic profession?
  18. What kind of education do osteopaths/osteopathic physicians receive?
  19. What are some current osteopathic accreditation models?
  20. Are there any resources available that address safety in osteopathy/osteopathic medicine?
  21. Are there any resources available that define osteopathic terminology?
  22. Where can I find out more about the OIA and its members’ upcoming events?
  23. What are the past events that have involved the OIA?
  24. What is the relationship between the OIA and the WHO?
  25. Does the OIA provide info I can share with my patients to educate them about the profession?
  26. Who are the current Board of Directors and Staff?
  27. Can my organization or I use the OIA logo?
  28. How do I contact the OIA?


What is the OIA and why was it created?

The Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) was formed in 2004 as an organisation of osteopathic organisations representing osteopathic physicians, physicians who embrace the osteopathic philosophy and practice, and osteopaths. The Alliance was created to bring together the global osteopathic profession for strategic goals benefiting professions and their patients.

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What is the mission and vision of the OIA?

Our mission is to encourage systems of education and regulation which will ensure high standards for safe and effective health care from osteopaths and osteopathic physicians. Our vision is to To ensure that every person worldwide has access to high-quality osteopathic healthcare. See more about our core values here.

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What are the goals of the OIA?

The OIA has just completed a strategic plan for 2017-2019, which includes a list of goals.

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What is Osteopathy/Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathy/Osteopathic Medicine is a patient centered holistic approach to health care that recognizes the importance of the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathic physicians and osteopaths use palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs to support the body’s ability of restoring and maintaining health.

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