In addition to its regular education activities, ISPO is currently involved in the following projects:

International Standards for the Training and Education in Orthopaedic Shoe Technology

ISPO has been represented in the European working group that has developed international standards for the training and education in Orthopaedic Shoe Technology. The ISPO Education Committee has approved these guidelines, which are to be published shortly.

EU Leonardo eLearning Project “TRAINORTHOT”*


The project entitled “Transnational online course to provide specific, vocational training to professionals on the treatment of foot pathologies” is co-financed by the European Commission under its Lifelong Learning Programme LEONARDO DA VINCI. Started in December 2011, the project aims to develop transnational online courses on orthotic treatment of foot pathologies for professionals and students in the foot orthopaedic sector in different European countries.

This initiative aims to mitigate the differences between various European countries in relation to the foot orthopaedic sector, the educational programs, the categorization of the orthopedic professionals, their competences and skills. In addition, it has ambitions to provide professionals in the sector with the educational basis and training that will enable them to adapt to the evolving market and customer requirements.

TRAINORTHOT builds on the results obtained in a previous R&D project, INNOFOOT (Innovative Treatment of Foot Disorders COLL-CT-2006-030468), which generated training materials with a generic syllabus not specifically addressed to the particular professional profiles of different countries.

TRAINORTHOT will create and validate four courses adapted to Slovakian, Czech, Spanish and English professionals in the Foot Orthopaedic Sector and Vocational Training students to facilitate the access to the life-long learning. Researchers from the participating R&D centres will act as course tutors, bridging the gap between R&D´s and companies (especially SME´s), regarding emerging technologies and innovative materials.

ISPO participates in this project by providing consulting and dissemination services.

For more information on this project and to follow developments, consult:

See here press note of April 2013 on second consortium meeting.

See here article on the termination of the project (December 2013.

*Project number: 2011-1-SK1-LEO05-02875.
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