Osteopathic physicians practise in Germany and are qualified doctors (MDs) with postgraduate training and education in osteopathic medicine.
Osteopathy as a distinct profession is not recognised or regulated in Germany. Instead osteopaths work as 'Heilpratikers'.
However, following a meeting of German Health Ministers in May 2016, there is now support across the 16 federal states to regulate osteopathy. This follows a proposal put forward by Saarland.
Contact: Alexandra Bodman
German Association for Osteopathic Medicine
Contact: Dr Christian Hogrefe (President)
+49 6 741 981 6609
Verband der Osteopathen in Deutschland
Contact: Marina Fuhrmann (President)
Untere Albrechtstrasse 5
+49 611 580 975
Training in osteopathy is provided in full-time university courses and part-time courses run by private institutions. The duration and content of the education differs from school to school, as there is currently no common curriculum recognised as the national standard.
German-American Academy of Osteopathy
Contact: Dr Peter Adler-Michaelson (President)
+49 7 566 2414
Osteopathie Schule Deutschland
Contact: Christian Ciranna-Raab
+49 40 39 35 14