Regulation in the United States
The American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners is working towards legislation that will allow COMP certified practitioners to be registered as fully autonomous health care practitioners. Currently the profession of Osteopathic Manual Practice (OMP) is not government regulated in any states. At this time, Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (COMP) are considered a Complimentary and Alternative (CAM) health care providers. The self-governing American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (AAOMPS) is the agency in US that governs its members who practice the profession.
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How AAOMPS Protects the Public Interest
AAOMPS sets requirements for entry to the profession, registers osteopathic manual practitioners, sets standards of practice and guidelines for professional practice, monitors competence of its members through a quality assurance program, investigates complaints and reports against osteopathic manual practitioners who are its members and disciplines those members who have committed acts of professional misconduct or who are incompetent or incapacitated.
Prior to becoming a Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner - COMP, an osteopathic manual practitioner must:
Graduate from a US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (UCOMPE) accredited educational institute,
Pass written and practical board examinations as set by the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB), and
Obtain malpractice insurance.