The Society was multidisciplinary from the very beginning, with equal status for all members regardless of profession, gender, or race. The primary objective was to improve the rehabilitation of all people with physical disability requiring prosthetic, orthotic, or other assistive products.
ISPO's 50th Anniversary
In 2021, ISPO celebrated its 50th anniversary. Click here to see how ISPO marked the festivities.
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) is established as a non-governmental organisation in Denmark.
Founding members of ISPO.
Standing, left to right: Jǿrgen Kjǿlbye, Denmark; Colin A. McLaurin, Canada; Anthony McQuirk, UK.
Sitting, left to right: D.S. McKenzie, UK; Anthony Staros, USA; Knud Jansen, Denmark; George Murdoch, UK; A. Bennett Wilson Jr., USA.
Members not present: André Bähler, Switzerland; Götz Kuhn, Germany.
Knud Jansen and 9-year old Ulla Andersen (stricken with polio at the age of six months) sign the official documents establishing ISPO.
The ISPO Bulletin, ISPO's first official international newsletter is launched.
The first ISPO Member Societies are formed in Nigeria, the UK and USA.
The 1st ISPO World Congress is organised in Montreux, Switzerland.
The first ISPO Short Course takes place in Rungsted, Denmark and focuses on Amputation Surgery and Prosthetics.
ISPO takes over the editorship and responsibility of the scientific journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI).
The 2nd ISPO World Congress takes place in New York, USA.
Charles Radcliff presents the first Knud Janson Lecture, which is since then presented at the opening ceremony of each World Congress.
The 3rd ISPO World Congress takes place in Bologna, Italy.
The 4th ISPO World Congress is held in London, UK.
The 5th ISPO World Congress is organised in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The first ISPO Consensus Conference on Amputation Surgery takes place in Scotland, UK.
The 6th ISPO World Congress takes place in Kobe, Japan.
The 7th ISPO World Congress is held in Chicago, USA.
The second ISPO Consensus Conference on Lower Limb Orthotic Management of Cerebral Palsy takes place in Durham, NC, USA.
ISPO establishes a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The 8th ISPO World Congress takes place in Melbourne, Australia.
The third ISPO Consensus Conference on Appropriate Prosthetic Technology for Developing Countries takes place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The fourth ISPO Consensus Conference on Poliomyelitis ir organised in Hammamet, Tunisia.
The 9th ISPO World Congress takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The fifth ISPO Consensus Conference on Appropriate Prosthetic Technology for Developing Countries takes place in Moshi, Tanzania.
The 10th ISPO World Congress is held in Glasgow, UK.
The sixth ISPO Consensus Conference on Orthotic Management of Stroke Patients takes place in Ellecom, Netherlands.
The 11th ISPO World Congress is organised in Hong Kong.
The seventh ISPO Consensus Conference on Appropriate Lower Limb Orthotics for Developing Countries takes place in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The eighth ISPO Consensus Conference on Wheelchairs in the Developing World takes place in Bangalore, India.
Start of the official collaboration with a first working plan between ISPO and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The 12th ISPO World Congress takes place in Vancouver, Canada.
ISPO starts accrediting schools and training programmes.
The nineth ISPO Consensus Conference on Cerebral Palsy takes place in Oxford, UK.
On the occasion of the 21st World Congress of Rehabilitation International, WHO, USAID, ISPO and Disabled Peoples' International launched an important new document: Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings.
ISPO officially establishes the Open Board formalising its cooperation with international partners (now GPEx).
The 13th ISPO World Congress is held in Leipzig, Germany.
ISPO participates in the eLearning Project TRAINORTHOT funded by the European Union.
ISPO establishes the Council of Industry Partners, renamed Industry Advisory Group in 2017.
The 14th ISPO World Congress is held in Hyderabad, India.
The 1st ISPO Global Educators Meeting is organised in Kobe, Japan.
ISPO participates in MovAiD, a project funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
The 15th ISPO World Congress takes place in Lyon, France.
The 16th ISPO World Congress is held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Launch of the WHO Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotic Service Provision.
Launch of the IC2A Inspirational Lecture at presented by a prosthetic user at the ISPO World Congress. The first lecture was delivered by Giles Duley.
Launch of the ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic and Orthotic Occupations at the 2nd ISPO Global Educators Meeting, in Gottingen, Germany.
The 17th ISPO World Congress is held in Kobe, Japan.
ISPO celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
The 18th ISPO World Congress is held virtually.