Osteopaths are primary health practitioners working in the community and, like all health practitioners in New Zealand, are governed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act.

The purpose of the Act is to protect the health and safety of the public and responsible authorities fulfil that purpose by ensuring all health practitioners registered with them are fully competent in the practice of their profession. 

Registration means your health practitioner is competent, fit to practise and accountable. Registration provides a framework for ensuring that your health and safety as a patient or consumer is paramount.