Discover ISPO

ISPO is a global, multidisciplinary, non-governmental organisation aiming to improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices. ISPO provides an effective platform for the exchange and communication on all aspects of the science, practice, and education associated with the provision of prosthetic and orthotic care, rehabilitation engineering, wheelchairs and therapy, and related areas.

Prosthetics and orthotics services enable people with mobility deficits to achieve greater function and independence to participate in society. Alarmingly, according to the World Health Organization, such services are not available to an estimated 9 out of 10 people with disabilities globally due to a shortage of personnel, service units and health rehabilitation infrastructures. To address this, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has worked to develop the prosthetics and orthotics sector worldwide since its inception in the 1970s.

The Society has approximately 3,300 members of different professional disciplines in over 100 countries. ISPO membership includes all rehabilitation professionals (i.e., prosthetists and orthotists, prosthetic and orthotic technicians, orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopedic shoemakers,  biomechanical/rehabilitation engineers, etc.) along with industry partners and users of assistive technology services.

  • ISPO's Vision

    A world where all people have equal opportunity for full participation in society.

  • ISPO's Mission

    To improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from the rehabilitation practice of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive technology by: 

  • Promoting multidisciplinary practice
  • Facilitating professional education to improve quality care
  • Promoting research and evidence-based practice
  • Facilitating innovative and appropriate technology
  • Fostering international collaboration and consensus
  • Facilitating knowledge exchange