Norsk Osteopat Forbund, NOF (Norwegian Association of Osteopathy) is an organization for osteopaths in Norway. NOF was established in 1993. In the beginning of 2013 there was about 280 members of NOF. About 90 % of the osteopaths in Norway are organized in NOF.
Osteopaths or students may apply for membership if they have graduated from or are attending education at the NHCK (http://www.nhck.no/studietilbud/Bachelor-i-Osteopati/) or similar postgraduate education, or if they have graduated from or are attending education from accredited undergraduate education abroad.
A survey among the members of Norwegian Osteopathic Association, NOF was carried out in September through November 2009 in order to obtain information on the working situation of the NOF members and how they deal with the transfer of or establishing an osteopathic practice versus a physical therapy practice. The main conclusions from the survey form a firm basis for stating that osteopathy is a distinct profession among other health care professions, and that osteopathy is available throughout Norway. This is confirmed by the increasing number of osteopaths working full time and part-time as osteopaths. The osteopaths have a strong dedication to the osteopathic profession.
The Norwegian Association of Osteopathy is working for:
· An independent authorization of the title osteopath, and to be regulated under the Norwegian Health Personnel Law. Then the title osteopath will be a legally protected professional title. This is in the interest of the patients and will protect the concept of osteopathic philosophy, diagnosis and treatment.
· Establishing and developing osteopathy in Norway as an independent profession.
· Other issues raised by and concerning our members.
· Continuous development of the highest standards of academic and ethical standards through educational training and research.
· Public acceptance and recognition of osteopathy.
The board of NOF is elected at the annual assembly with a president, four board members, and two deputy members.
The members of NOF are committed to the statutes of NOF, which are laid down by the annual assembly, and there must be a 2/3 majority vote to carry a change of the statutes. The statutes include paragraphs about academic and ethical standards of the members, and on the rights and duties of the osteopath. The financial base of NOF is membership fees.
The annual meeting also elects an ethical committee, with three members. This committee deals with the osteopathic ethical and academic relations following the statutes of NOF. The statutes are in accordance with the Norwegian Health Personnel Law. The statutes describe among others, guidelines on professional secrecy, ethical relations and matters concerning patients' interests. A member may be excluded from continued membership if he or she does not comply with the statutes of the NOF. Other committees elected by the annual meeting are a control committee, who overlooks economic issues, and an electoral committee.
In addition the board has appointed a number of different committees:
An authorization committee, working with issues concerning the authorization process in Norway. Members from the committee are representing the osteopaths' interests towards the Norwegian Authorities.
A committee administrating postgraduate education, encouraging members to continuously developing their osteopathic skills.
An editorial staff, working with information towards the members of NOF, and towards the public through the NOF web site.
NOF offers a collective insurance to its members.