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New ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic/Orthotic Occupations

Thursday 27 September 2018   (0 Comments)
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ISPO is proud to launch the new ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic/Orthotic Occupations, as well as the associated ISPO Education Standards Handbook: Process and Procedures for Accreditation

Aiming to ensure that prosthetic/orthotic education programmes have the appropriate infrastructure and resources to develop students into entry-level practitioners that will provide quality prosthetic/orthotic services, the new Education Standards 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 competent workforce and available training programmes.

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.

Click here to access the documents.

Updating outmoded terminology and reflecting the modern shift towards progressive, outcome-based models of accreditation, while preserving the fundamental tenets of the profession and integrity of the accreditation process, the new peer-developed Standards reflect the international community’s core values and unifying principles and will ensure both consistency and quality in prosthetic and orthotic education worldwide.

The supporting Education Standards Handbook outlines the process and procedures for ISPO accreditation and improves on previous documentation by providing greater clarity and transparency. As part of this update, ISPO is moving from a manual to an automated system to streamline and optimize the accreditation process.