The general objectives of the chiropractic programme are based on protecting people’s health and ensuring that the provided treatments are safe. These objectives were developed by the organisations responsible for quality assurance in chiropractic education [1] and the World Health Organization [2].

Article 75 of the law of 4 March 2002 allows patients to receive chiropractic treatment without a doctor’s prescription. Chiropractors are required to identify clinical situations that are beyond their expertise and those that require a diagnosis or medical intervention [3].

The training required to obtain a chiropractic diploma must allow the professional to recognise the clinical signs and situations that fall under their area of expertise, as well as those that require medical intervention.

Students acquire a sufficient level of core competencies to treat neuromusculoskeletal disorders as a first point of contact by delivering appropriate, safe and high-quality chiropractic care.

[1] Education standards, November 2014, European Council on Chiropractic Education

[2] WHO guidelines on basic training and safety in chiropractic. World Health Organization Geneva 2005 ISBN 978 92 4 259371 6

[3] Decree No 2011-32 of 7 January 2011 regarding chiropractic treatments and professional practice
Other professionals need a certificate issued by a medical practitioner to practice this kind of manipulations. Manipulations with force vectors are high velocity and low amplitude (HVLA) manipulations applied directly or indirectly on a joint. They are also called adjustments.


The programme trains students to become high-level and autonomous chiropractic professionals. They develop through the programme strong clinical reasoning, critical thinking and ability to address unknown situations.
The competencies required to practice chiropractic are the following:

Evaluate a clinical situation, assess suitability for chiropractic treatment and establish a positive diagnosis in the field of chiropractic

Design and establish a chiropractic treatment plan

Carry out the appropriate treatment for the patient

Communicate with and establish a relationship of confidence with the patient

Design an educational and advisory approach

Organise activities and cooperate with other healthcare professionals

Evaluate their practices taking into account changes in the professional environment

Research, analyse and utilize professional and scientific data

Manage a professional practice