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ISPO 50th Anniversary

ISPO 50th Anniversary Timeline - Let's start the celebrations!

Have your saying into ISPO History! To start the celebrations, you can share your ISPO experience, a memory, or simply an event that you consider relevant to be included in the timeline. This chronological line is a live online document that will evolve based on your input.


1970
   

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) is established as a nongovernmental Organisation in Copenhagen, Denmark

ISPO created
1972
   

ISPO Bulletin, ISPO first official international newsletter is launched

     

Nigeria, USA and UK join ISPO as the first three National Member Societies

1973
   

Australia joins ISPO as National Member Society

1974
   

First ISPO World Congress is organised in Montreux, Switzerland

     

First ISPO Short Course focuses on Amputation Surgery and Prosthetics (Rungsted, Denmark)

     

Japan joins ISPO as National Member Society

1975
       

Sweden joins ISPO as National Member Society

1977
       

ISPO takes over the editorship and responsibility of Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI)

     

2nd ISPO World Congress, New York, USA

     

Charles Radcliff presents the first Knud Jenson Lecture at second World Congress in New York, USA. From this year, the Knud Jensen Lecture is presented at the opening ceremony of each World Congress.

1980
     

3rd World Congress in Bologna, Italy

1983
     

4th World Congress in London, UK

1985
     

Hong Kong China joins ISPO as National Member Societies

1986
     

5th World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark

1988
       

New Zeland joins ISPO as National Member Society

1989
     

6th World Congress in Kobe, Japan

1986
     

First ISPO Consensus Conference on Amputation Surgery takes place in Scotland, UK

1992
     

7th World Congress in Chicago, USA

1993
       

Germany and Panama join ISPO as National Members Societies

1994
       

France and Hungary join ISPO as National Members Societies

     

2nd ISPO Consensus Conference on Lower Limb Orthotic Management of Cerebral Palsy takes place in Durham, NC, USA

1995
     

ISPO establishes a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

     

8th ISPO World Congress, Melbourne, Australia

     

3rd ISPO Consensus Conference on Appropriate Prosthetic Technology for Developing Countries takes place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

1997
     

Turkey joins ISPO as National Member Society

     

4th ISPO Consensus Conference on Poliomyelitis takes place in Hammamet, Tunisia

1998
     

9th ISPO World Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2000
     

5th ISPO Consensus Conference on Appropriate Prosthetic Technology for Developing Countries takes place in Moshi, Tanzania

2001
     

10th ISPO World Congress in Glasgow, UK

2003
     

6th ISPO Consensus Conference on Orthotic Management of Stroke Patients takes place in Ellecom, Netherlands

2004
     

Canada, Romania and Uruguay join ISPO as National Member Societies

     

11th ISPO World Congress in Hong Kong, China

2005
     

Czech Republic joins ISPO as National Member Society

2006
     

7th ISPO Consensus Conference on Appropriate Lower Limb Orthotics for Developing Countries takes place in Hanoi, Vietnam

     

8th ISPO Consensus Conference on Wheelchairs in the Developing World takes place in Bangalore, India

2007
     

First working plan between ISPO and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

     

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dominican Republic, Norway, Slovenia join ISPO as National Member Societies

     

12th ISPO World Congress in Vancouver, Canada

2008
     

ISPO starts accrediting schools and training programmes.

     

Brazil, Lebanon, Mexico join ISPO as National Member Societies

     

9th ISPO Consensus Conference on Cerebral Palsy takes place in Oxford, UK

2009
     

Revised ISPO Constitution and new election procedures for the ISPO Executive Board are launched

     

ISPO moves its Head Office from Copenhagen to Brussels, Belgium with Interel (Association Management Consultancy)

     

Iran, Saudi Africa, Somalia, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland join ISPO as National Member Societies

2010
     

Establishment official co-operation with BIV/OT World

     

ISPO establishes the Open Board formalizing its cooperation with international partners

     

13th ISPO World Congress, Leipzig, Germany

2011
     

ISPO participates in the European Union (EU) eLearning Project TRAINORTHOT

     

Austria, Italy and Rwanda join ISPO as National Member Societies

2012
     

Egypt, Poland and India join ISPO as National Member Societies

2013
     

ISPO establishes the Council of Industry Partners renamed Industry Advisory Group in 2017

     

The 1st Twinning Programme between ISPO Sweden and ISPO Rwanda

     

14th ISPO World Congress, Hyderabad, India

     

ISPO World Congresses move from Triennium to Biennium

     

Algeria, Cambodia and Myanmar join ISPO as National Member Societies

2014
     

The 1st ISPO Global Educators Meeting in Kobe, Japan

     

Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka join ISPO as National Member Societies

2015
     

ISPO participates in MovAiD, an EU project funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

     

Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Niger, Qatar, Ukraine join ISPO as National Member Societies

2016
     

Bangladesh, China, Israel, Malaysia, Palestine, Tanzania and Thailand join ISPO as National Member Societies

2017
     

Launch of the WHO Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotic Service Provision at 16th ISPO World Congress, in Cape Town, South Africa

     

Launch of IC2A Inspirational Lecture at Opening Ceremony presented by a Prosthetic User at 16th ISPO World Congress, in Cape Town, South Africa. 1st lecture given by Giles Duley

     

Launch of ISPO FATO Council for improved collaboration and furthering development of P&O services in Africa

     

Macedonia and Syria join ISPO as National Member Societies

2018
     

Launch of the ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic and Orthotic Occupations at the 2nd ISPO Global Educators Meetin, in Leipzig, Germany

     

Launch of ISPO Asia for consolidating P&O services and ISPO support in Asia Pacific countries

     

Iraq, Kenya and Singapore join ISPO as National Member Societies

2019
     

Launch of celebrations for the ISPO 50th Anniversary

     

17th ISPO World Congress in Kobe, Japan

     

Chile and Peru join ISPO as National Member Societies