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Introduction

The Council on Chiropractic Practice

In the summer of 1995, chiropractic history was made in Phoenix, Arizona with the formation of the Council on Chiropractic Practice (CCP). This initial meeting was attended by an interdisciplinary assembly of distinguished chiropractors, medical physicians, basic scientists, attorneys, and consumer representatives. 1-2

The CCP was founded as an apolitical, non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with any other chiropractic association. The development of the CCP represents a grass-roots movement to produce practice guidelines which serve the needs of the consumer, and are consistent with “real world” chiropractic practice.

The mission of the CCP is “To develop evidence-based guidelines, conduct research and perform other functions that will enhance the practice of chiropractic for the benefit of the consumer.”

The Council on Chiropractic Practice developed and published its first set of clinical guidelines in 1998 titled Clinical Guideline Number 1 Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice.3 An abbreviated version of the document was also published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in November 1998. 4

The CCP Guides were intended to be used by practicing chiropractors, health care educators, chiropractic organizations, patients, insurance companies, attorneys, governmental officials and any other individual or group needing information about the practice of subluxation-centered chiropractic.

This guideline went on to become widely distributed and accepted within and outside the chiropractic profession. Following publication the Council on Chiropractic Practice mailed 50,000 copies of the document to licensed chiropractors in the United States and a similar effort occurred in Canada with the document being distributed throughout several provinces. 5,6

Some state licensing boards and state associations either adopted the guidelines as an acceptable standard of care and/or officially endorsed the document including Washington and Indiana. 7-9

On Mar. 17, 1999 Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., of New Jersey who serves on the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee, addressed the Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives and publicly commended

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_________________________________________________________ Council on Chiropractic Practice Clinical Practice Guideline Number 1 Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice – 2003 Update & Revision

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