The Professional Union

L'UBO (Belgian Union of Osteopaths)

The UBO is a Professional Union under the law of 31 March 1898 on professional unions.

It was recognized, and its statutes ratified in due and proper form, by the Council of State. The statutes were published in the Annexes of the Moniteur Belge of 29 November 1996 (act no. 149).

These statutes were later modified and ratified by the Council of State on 18 April 2000, and these modifications (including that for its name) were published in the Annexes of the Moniteur Belge of 2 May 2000.

The UBO represents of the osteopathic profession.

It pursues two goals:

Recognition of the profession. The UBO has played and still plays a predominant role in the professional defence of osteopaths, notably in the context of the drafting of the Colla law in 1999 through the action taken with regard to the Ministry of Health.

This law has not yet been implemented due to certain faults in its form.

The UBO played a predominant role in the context of the request to the Minister of the Middle Classes for recognition of the professional title.

The UBO works closely with the cabinet of Mrs Onkelinx, Minister of Health, in the ambit of the implementation of the Colla Law.

At the present time, in spite of the efforts of those responsible in the profession and particularly of the UBO, the practice of Osteopathy unfortunately has still not been definitively legalized.

Osteopaths are calling for the recognition of their profession so as to guarantee the quality of care and the security of patients. They continue to work in this direction.

Guaranteeing an effective practice of osteopathy and patient security. The UBO was at the heart of negotiations with certain mutual insurance systems (e.g., Partena) in presenting reports that allowed reimbursement of osteopathic care to be obtained through complementary insurance.

Since 1998, the UBO has organized locums, so that patients can be treated even during the weekend, when necessary.

The UBO is concerned mainly with patient safety. The fact that osteopathy is a profession in the process of being recognized means that certain people are still practicing osteopathy without having the competence to do so, while others practice techniques that are not recognized by professional associations, and others do not offer sufficient guarantees (lack of civil liability insurance, no commitment to a code of ethics, etc.).

Thus there is a risk that the patient, being insufficiently informed, may call upon “professionals” who do not fulfil the conditions for an effective, safe practice.

For these reasons, the UBO requires strict conditions of competence and practice from its professional members.

The list of DO osteopaths who are professional members of the UBO can be found under the tab “Find your Osteopath.”