Launched in September 2018, the new ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic/Orthotic Occupations respond to the evolving needs of persons with disabilities and the aging population worldwide. The number of people in need of assistive products is growing steadily, yet there is a significant shortage in appropriately trained workforce and available training programmes.
The Education Committee of ISPO developed the Education Standards to ensure that prosthetic/orthotic education programmes around the world have the appropriate infrastructure and resources to develop students into entry-level practitioners that will provide quality prosthetic/orthotic services.
The development of the standards was guided by the World Health Organization and relevant health professions to ensure that the format and content are appropriate and evident at policy and operational levels, across a range of settings, within and between countries.
The standards aim to ensure that education programmes have the infrastructure and resources to develop students into entry-level practitioners that can increase access to services and provide the appropriate quality of P&O services.
The handbooks contains detailed guidelines for prosthetic/orthotic education programmes that are interested in applying for ISPO accreditation.