Renewing your APC

Each annual practising certificate (APC) year starts on 1 April and finishes on 31 March.  Practitioners who are existing APC holders will be sent a renewal notice in the post during the period early February each year.

If you have not received your renewal notice, please contact the Registrar who will send you a copy.

Expiry of APC

As all annual practising certificates expire on 31 March practitioners are advised to return their completed applications for renewal to the Council by 5pm on 31 March.  If your application is not received by this time you will have no legal entitlement to practise until such time as your application is received.

Currency of APC

Every practitioner who submits a complete application for renewal, including the required fee, is regarded as holding that APC from the date when the Council receives the application until the date it is issued or the practitioner is notified by the Registrar that it will not be issued. (NB: Please note that this is not the date on which you posted your application - it is the date that it is received by the Council).

CPD Summary

Practitioners holding current practising certificates who will be applying to renew their APCs for 1 April next, need not wait until then to send to the Osteopathic Council the annual CPD form summarising their CPD activities and credits achieved during the previous calendar year ending 31 December.

The CPD summary form can be downloaded from this web site or obtained from the Registrar, and sent to the Council by 31 January listing the CPD activities and credits completed during the calendar year.

This allows any CPD queries to be sorted out beforehand, so as not to delay the issue of the new APC for 1 April. If you have not yet sent in your CPD Summary Form for the past calendar year, please enclose it with your APC renewal application.


The fee for renewal of an APC will be noted on the application form. It can be paid by personal cheque or bank cheque made out to the Osteopathic Council, or by MasterCard or Visa.  (Note: We do not accept personal cheques from overseas applicants.)

Some employers organise the payment of the APC fee on behalf of practitioners. If this is the case, you must make sure that your employer pays the fee by the due date, as it is the practitioner's responsibility to ensure he or she has a current practising certificate.  

Receipts for payments are sent with the APC.



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