The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions. Since its inception in 1948, ABC has become the quality standard in orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic certification and today has more than 14,000 certified individuals and over 7,000 accredited facilities. ABC is the only credentialing board with Category I recognition from the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) along with accreditation of its orthotist, prosthetist, pedorthic, technician and fitter certification programs by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ABC is also recognized as a deemed authority for facility accreditation by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), Veteran’s Administration, numerous major healthcare insurance providers, government agencies and HMO’s throughout the United States.Certification:ABC certified individuals are considered leaders in the profession and provide the highest quality patient care, along with excellence in research and device design. ABC certified individuals must meet stringent educational standards, clinical training and a complete assessment of competency. ABC credentials individuals as:
Accreditation:Facility accreditation ensures quality healthcare in orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic practices. The standards promulgated by ABC encourage best practices in patient care, safety, professionalism and organizational performance. ABC offers facility accreditation in:
ABC believes in maintaining the highest standards of patient care and ethical behavior. ABC established the Professional Discipline Program and Committee to enforce the Code of Professional Responsibility. The Code was created by fellow practitioners to ensure that any person, facility or organization awarded certification or accreditation by ABC is practicing in accordance with professional standards.