Benefits, Duties and Fees

Member benefits include

  • finding strong partners for collaboration and innovation in osteopathic education and sharing their experience
  • staying up to date on developments in European and international osteopathy
  • being part of a network for exchanging teachers and students
  • helping to create a unified voice of Osteopathic Educational Institutions in a time of emerging European standards
  • having a word in the development of educational standards
  • using a strong trademark for high quality in Osteopathic Education

OsEAN Membership Application Process

OsEAN accepts memberships from educational structures who provide education and training in the osteopathic field. Individuals, however, cannot become members of OsEAN.

An audit is mandatory for all types of membership except the extraordinary membership. In order to become a member of OsEAN the applying school needs to comply with the standard of the “EN 16686 – Osteopathic Healthcare Provision” and the OsEAN standard, which is an addition to the EN 16686. To provide an objective assessment of the applicant OsEAN found an external partner for quality assurance. The Austrian Standards Institute (hereinafter referred to as ASI) coordinated the development of the standard EN 16686 and was therefore found to be the best-suited partner for this task. Institution complying with this standard can become full members of OsEAN. However, there is also a membership category for institutions in an early stage of development, which do not comply with those criteria yet, but are aspiring to do so in the future.
If you are interested in becoming a member of OsEAN, you can download the application forms from the "Membership Application Documents" sidebar on the right or simply contact the OsEAN Office or the OsEAN Membership Committee.

Please note that OsEAN’s working language is English, therefore we kindly ask you to provide all of the required documents in English. Thank you!

Audit Process


This certification scheme has been elaborated with and for sole application by OsEAN, the Osteopathic European Academic Network. Independent certification procedures are conducted by the certification body of Austrian Standards.

1 Scope

This certification scheme specifies the procedure to evaluate and certify whether an osteopathic education provider meets the OsEAN "Standard for the Management of Osteopathic Educational Providers". Certification meets on the requirements of ISO/IEC 170651.

2 Application

2.1 The applicant shall file an application using the form provided by the certification body.
2.2 The applicant shall appoint a contact person for the certification process.
2.3 The application shall specify the desired scope of certification in terms of business sites to be covered.
2.4 Together with the application the applicant shall provide documentation on the services to be certified using the form provided by the certification body. This documentation shall contain the following: