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General Council

General Council

The General Council comprises one representative from each of the ECU’s 23 member national associations.

Its role is to ratify and approve policy and strategic proposals brought before it by the Executive Council. It has sovereignty and has the power to overrule any decision made on any other Committee or Council

With the exception of financial votes (which are weighted according to the population of chiropractors in a country), each member of the GC has one vote on all other voting matters.

The General Council meets twice each year, once in Spring on the Wednesday immediately prior to the ECU Convention, and once in the Autumn. The Spring meeting incorporates the election of members of the Executive Council.

The ECU encourages observers to its General Council meetings. These are often the Secretariats of ECU Members, but also include the European representatives of the World Federation of Chiropractic, World Congress of Chiropractic Students and Candidate ECU members.




When the Danish Chiropractor’s Association (DKF) rejoined the European Chiropractor’s Union (ECU), it was decided to establish a European research institute, the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE), and place it at the Nordic Institute for Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) in Odense, Denmark.

The aim of the new research institute is to contribute to further development and strengthening of musculoskeletal research in Europe. Placing the research institute at NIKKB will undoubtedly contribute towards that goal because of the possible synergies between researchers at NIKKB and ECCRE.

ECCRE was formally founded in connection with the ECU Convention in May 2016 in Oslo, Norway. The stakeholders ECU, DKF and NIKKB have appointed a board for ECCRE, consisting of two representatives from NIKKB and two from ECU. NIKKB appointed Lone Kousgaard Jørgensen and Michael Christensen to represent NIKKB, while Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, President of ECU and Rishi Loatey, Treasurer of ECU, represents ECU.

Awards for outstanding research are presented each year at the ECU Convention.

To contact the ECCRE please email:

European Academy of Chiropractic

The European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) is a committee of the ECU concerned with postgraduate education and continuing professional development.

Formerly the Academic Council, the EAC was founded in 2007 by a committee led by Dr Jean Robert. Its aim is to facilitate graduate education and postgraduate continuing professional development.

The EAC has a Governing Council led by the Chair and supported by a Director of Educational Development, a Director of Professional Development and a representative of the ECU Executive Council. The Governing Council is supported by an academic affairs secretary and an administrator based at the ECU head office.

A Court of Electors considers membership status of EAC members. The Court of Electors may confer Fellowship status on any ECU chiropractor considered to have outstanding academic qualifications in a particular area of chiropractic.

The EAC has a number of Special Interest Groups (SiGs), which promote academic development and postgraduate learning in a distinct area of chiropractic practice. The SiGs are:

  • Clinical Chiropractic
  • Education
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Research
  • Sports Chiropractic

The current EAC Governing Council:

  • Chair – Tom Michielson
  • Director of Educational Development – Jacqueline Rix
  • Director of Professional Development – Søren O’Neill
  • A representative of the ECU Executive Council – Jan Geert Wagenaar

EAC Administrator – Paul Roberts

Chiropractic and Manual Therapies

The EAC jointly sponsors the online open-access journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies with the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA), the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC) and NIKKB.

The Chiropractic and Manual Therapies editorial staff invite manuscripts for publication that have clinical relevance to chiropractors, manual therapists and related health professionals.

The Editor-in-Chief of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies is Prof. Bruce Walker DC, MPH. Its Associate Editors are Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde DC, PhD, MPH and Dr Simon French DC, PhD.

Chiropractic and Manual Therapies can be accessed at

EU Affairs

  • To promote chiropractic as a health profession at the level of the European Parliament and its related bodies.
  • To pursue harmonisation of the profession by legal recognition within all Member States.
  • To support the professional mobility of chiropractors within EU Member States, with particular reference to Directive 2011/24 as it relates to patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.
  • To lobby for reimbursement of chiropractic fees for patients receiving care when in other Member States.
  • To participate in, and adopt the values of, the European Public Health Alliance.
  • To promote the adoption of the CEN Standard by Member States as the minimum requirement for the delivery of chiropractic services
  • To participate in the European Health Policy Forum in matters relevant to the chiropractic profession.