OPC supports the development of international standards for the orthotic and prosthetic profession. The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) does a lot of work in this area. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) published Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) Accreditation
Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) is pleased to inform the orthotics and prosthetics community that the CBCPO Certification pathway, operated by OPC, has been granted ISPO accreditation for 3 years at the Prosthetist/Orthotist level.
“Successful ISPO accreditation signifies that a program meets infrastructure and resource requirements and produces highly-qualified entry-level practitioners (at the respective occupation levels), thereby increasing access to quality prosthetic and orthotic services.”
– ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic and Orthotic Occupations.
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) developed new education standards in 2018. They now accredit O&P education programs as one of three occupation levels: Prosthetist/Orthotist; Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist; Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician.
To date only four institutions in the world have been accredited at the Prosthetist/Orthotist category with the new standards. In OPCs case, the ISPO accreditation applies to the entire CBCPO certification pathway. ISPO looked at the accredited P&O education program, Residency Program and Certification Examinations. Canada is only the second pathway to be accredited by ISPO (most accreditation occurs exclusively at the education program level) with the US being the other.
Those that become Certified Orthotists CO(c) and Certified Prosthetists CP(c) through the CBCPO pathway from this point on, will also be recognized internationally as an ISPO accredited Prosthetist/Orthotist.
Obtaining ISPO accreditation has been a long-standing goal for OPC. Much has taken place over the past few years preparing for this, primarily related to organizational structure and exam development. ISPO has identified areas they feel OPC needs to improve over the next few years, which includes further development of the school accreditation and the Residency program. An action plan will be developed to address these areas.
OPC is committed to continuing to develop orthotic and prosthetic credentialing and the ISPO Accreditation represents another step forward.