Members of NSOA

There are three classes of categories of registration – General, Inactive, & Retired. Members holding a General (i.e., active) Certificate of Registration must comply with NSOA regulations, standards of practice, policies and guidelines, as well as all Quality Assurance (QA) programs.
NSOA views Quality Assurance as an important step in ensuring the public of Nova Scotia receive competent and ethical osteopathic care.

Standards of Practice

Covering a variety of subjects, standards of practice guide members of the Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association in osteopathic care and ensure the quality of the manual osteopathy profession. They also promote continuing competence among members.


Policies aim to help members understand their professional responsibilities, clarify and interpret regulations, and state NSOA’s position on a variety of topics.


Guidelines provide advice, recommendations and guidance to members. Guidelines are easy to implement and to quicker to change because they only require approval by Council.

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance (QA) responsibility includes protection of the public, and developing programs to assist in establishing, maintaining and improving the base line standards of knowledge, skill and competency of NSOA members.

Objectives of the Quality Assurance Program

  1. To assure the quality of the practice of the manual osteopathy profession;
  2. To promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement in the quality of care provided by NSOA members
  3. To develop, establish and maintain standards of manual osteopathy practice.
  4. To achieve improved patient outcomes.

Components of the Quality Assurance Program

  1. Peer and Practice Assessment Program
  2. Self Assessment and Continuing Education Program
  3. Various QA standards of practice, policies and guidelines
  4. Individual Member Remediation